A heroic British Transport Police officer who bravely ran towards the blast in the seconds after the Manchester Arena bombing, has died.
PCSO Jon Morrey was among the first people on the scene after he bravely ignored his training not to run towards explosions.
He was treating the injured within 60 seconds of hearing the blast on 22 May, 2017.
Mr Morrey recently gave evidence to the inquiry into the bombing in which 22 people died and hundreds more were injured when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb in the foyer of the venue.
Mr Morrey, from Shaw, Oldham, was commended for his actions in a special ceremony at the Town Hall in 2018.
He said at the time: “I’m just an ordinary bloke who puts a uniform on and goes to work and helps people.”
Chief Superintendent Allan Gregory, from British Transport Police, confirmed Mr Morrey’s sadly passed away this week.
“Our deepest condolences are with the family, friends and colleagues of former British Transport Police PCSO, Jon Morrey BEM, who very sadly passed away earlier this week,” he said.
“We will all be thinking of his loved ones throughout this difficult time.”
Mr Morrey had recently given evidence to the inquiry into the Arena bombing that is currently ongoing.
The inquiry heard PCSO Morrey and his colleague PCSO Lewis Brown conducted a sweep of the toilets just 59 seconds after Salman Abedi had exited.
Speaking at the awards ceremony in 2018, former Royal Navy chef Mr Morrey said he knew immediately what had happened as the explosion sounded like a warship gun blast.
He said what he saw was ‘horrible and shocking’.
“I remember there was glass everywhere and shrapnel and people crying out for help,” Mr Morrey said.
“I just went into automatic and just treated it like training exercise.
“They were everywhere, all asking for help. And I’d be dealing with one and I’d say, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be there in a second’.
“They were all very understanding.
“I knew that there were people there who needed help and I did what I did.
“I helped all the people I helped to the best I can. I’m glad that I could help them.”