A Polish kitchen worker who battled London terrorist Usman Khan by wielding a ceremonial pike has been hailed by his boss for his life-saving courage.
Lukasz Koczocik whipped the 5ft lance off the wall when he heard chilling screams while washing glasses in the basement of Fishmongers’ Hall on Friday.
The heroic worker charged at 28-year-old Khan and thrust the pike into the attacker’s chest before engaging him in one minute of ‘kill or be killed’ combat.
Mr Koczocik was then aided by two others, one with a narwhal tusk, the other with a fire extinguisher, in battling the terrorist through the halls of the historic building.
Doorman Gary sought to stop Khan escaping into the street and maintenance man, Andy – a former policeman – was stabbed in the chest while blocking the door.
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Lukasz Koczocik (pictured) grabbed hold of a 5ft lance when he heard chilling screams while washing glasses at Fishmongers’ Hall on Friday
Mr Koczocik charged at 28-year-old Khan and thrust the pike into the attacker’s chest before engaging him in one minute of ‘kill or be killed’ combat (pictured: Mr Koczocik with his girlfriend Kasia)
Commodore Toby Williamson, CEO of Fishmongers’ Hall, told the BBC: ‘He’s the guy (Mr Koczocik) who cleans the glasses down in the basement and that’s exactly what he was doing when he hears this scream.
‘The scream was so loud that, as a first aider, he makes a choice. He goes towards the trouble. He gets there on the first floor of the building just behind me and it’s pretty clear that there’s a bad guy.
‘He’s got two knives in his hands, there’s blood, there’s screams, there’s chaos.
‘Lukasz pulls off the wall this long stick, he charges towards the bad guy, and he impacts him on the chest and there’s clearly something here that is protective and it doesn’t make any sort of impact.
‘But he’s buying time. He allows others to escape, to move to adjacent rooms. At that point he’s got about one-minute of one-on-one straight combat.’
Cdre Williamson described how Khan managed to dodge and work his way up Mr Koczocik’s pole, slashing five wounds into the porter’s left side.
Mr Koczocik became weakened by the gashes inflicted by Khan and two other men involved in the prisoners’ charity joined in the fight with the narwhal tusk and the fire extinguisher.
Two of the other men who aided Mr Koczocik tackled the terrorist on London Bridge with a narwhal tusk and a fire extinguisher
Cdre Williamson described how a brutal showdown spilled into the great hall. Khan, realising the weight of numbers were against him, tried to flee down down the main staircase to the front-door.
But he was unable to get out because the doorman, Gary, was holding the door fast so that another worker, Dawn, could ring the emergency services and hit the alarms.
At this point Khan shifted his attention to two cloakroom girls, Alla and Sandra, who Cdre Williamson said had a ‘hell of a time.’
The action then returned to the entrance hall and Mr Koczocik rejoined the fray, ‘leading the charge’ against the terrorist.
Maintenance man Andy, an ex-policeman and ‘pretty cool customer,’ had taken over the task of holding the door shut.
Andy was stabbed through the chest by Khan, but still paused for a moment, reluctant to allow the carnage to spill out onto the street, before realising he would have to relent.
Mr Koczocik previously photographed London Bridge in 2015 after it appeared to be have been cleared by emergency services in an unknown incident. He captioned it: ‘Bomb attack on London bridge’
Mr Koczocik in a recent social media post. Cdre Williamson described how Khan managed to dodge and work his way up Mr Koczocik’s pole, slashing five wounds into the porter’s left side. Mr Koczocik was released from hospital on Saturday
Khan fell out onto the street and Mr Koczocik barrelled straight out of the threshold after the terrorist.
Mr Koczocik shouted to members of the public to get back but many were keen to help in any way possible.
They were backed by the man wielding the narwhal tusk and the one with the fire extinguisher in pursuing Khan down London Bridge.
Mr Koczocik, who had been able to rally himself once before, had grown weaker from the blood loss as the battle continued onto the bridge.
But Cmdre Williamson added that by this stage, ‘his job was done, the police are here and I think you’ve seen the rest on camera.’
Footage showed the other men with the tusk and the fire extinguisher bravely going after Khan with other members of the public before he was tackled to the ground.
Khan was shot in the chest by armed police officers shortly afterwards. He had been wearing a mock suicide vest.
One of the bystanders on London Bridge was seen holding a knife (left) which appeared to have been taken from the suspect. Another man – believed to be the knifeman – could be seen lying on the ground, close to a knife (circled, right)
The heinous attack saw two Cambridge graduates, Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, who were working at the prisoner’s rehabilitation conference, murdered.
Yesterday it emerged Mr Koczocik was being put forward for an official honour in Poland, acknowledging his ‘sacrifice and courage’.
Cdre Williamson said that Mr Koczocik had been released from hospital on the Saturday following the attack.