American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, has been hailed a hero after it emerged he died trying to save his wife Melissa by pushing her out of the way as Khalid Masood came racing towards them. In ’82 seconds of terrible drama’ the Westminster terrorist mowed down victims like ‘human bowling pins’ the inquest heard yesterday.
On the first day of an inquest into the victims of last year’s Westminster terror attack, Chief Coroner Judge Mark Lucraft described how “the lives of many were torn apart by 82 seconds of high and terrible drama”.
Before the knife attack on PC Palmer, Masood had driven into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing Mr Cochran, retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, Aysha Frade, 44, and Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31.
PC Palmer’s sister Angela said: “He was always brave and took his role as a police officer seriously. He treated everyone with respect.”
“Keith died protecting strangers whilst doing his job and he will be remembered by many for his courage and bravery.”
She said the family was “completely devastated” and would also remember him as a caring and loving father, husband, son, uncle and friend.