Winner of the 2016 Sheriffs' Award for Bravery

Alderman and Sheriff William Russell, Doctor Matthew Smith and Alderman and Sheriff Peter Estlin

The 2016 Sheriffs' Award winner is Doctor Matthew Smith. Last December, Doctor Smith happened upon a traumatic scene where a mentally ill man inspired by the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby, had slashed the neck of American musician Lyle Zimmerman. Along with a small group of other passersby, Doctor Smith showed conspicuous bravery. The City of London Sheriffs decided that his bravery in the decisions and actions he took resulting in the survival of the victim, was worthy of their award. The Award was presented to Doctor Smith by Alderman and Sheriff Peter Estlin and Alderman and Sheriff William Russell at the Company's Common Hall which was held in Salters' Hall on 3 November 2016.

For more details of the incident and the Doctor Smith's brave conduct, please click on the link to the Press Release below.

2016 Sheriffs'Award Winner Press Release