Updated: Jun 22, 2021
20-year-old hero Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole has been nominated for a Royal Humane Society Bravery Award.
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, known as Jimi, died after courageously jumping into the Thames to save a Woman who had fallen in off of London Bridge.
The City of London Police nominated Jimi for the award, stating that it is "absolutely right" his "bravery and selfless actions" are recognised. Adding that they are also hoping to award him with a commendation from Commissioner Ian Dyson.
The full statement from the City of London Police reads "We feel that is absolutely right to recognise the bravery and selfless actions of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, known as Jimi. To honour his memory and heroism, we have contacted the Royal Humane Society to start the nomination process for their bravery award, and we are also looking to award Jimi a commissioner's commendation from the City of London Police. Our thoughts remain with his friends and family at this difficult time."
Mr Olubunmi-Adewole was on his way home from working at a restaurant in central London at around midnight when he spotted the Woman had fallen into the Thames, from London bridge. He then jumped into the river in attempt to save her, followed by another man diving in to help rescue the Woman. The Woman and the other Man were then rescued by the Coastguard and the Metropolitan Police's river unit, but devastatingly they were unable to locate Jimi after just over an hour of searching. A body was then found at 6am on the following morning which was later formally identified to be his.
Folajimi's Father described him as "a loving son and my best friend. He has a good heart and always willing to help everyone around him. I’ll forever miss him.” His brother also described him as both "irreplaceable" and "the most generous person." And in a statement his Mother said "My son Jimi is my strength, he takes care of me and everyone. I'm empty without Jimi. I pray to have peace in my life."
Rest In Peace Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole - A True Hero.