Lord Mayor Sally Capp has praised the bravery of a security guard who was injured in the Bourke Street terror attack while working for City of Melbourne.
SECUREcorp Security Officer Shadi, 26, was working at the City Village building at 225 Bourke Street when he was injured in Friday’s attack.
“Shadi showed incredible bravery and courage by fending off the attacker and then returning to check on the welfare of staff. Despite his own injuries he put his life on the line to help and protect others during this terrifying and tragic event,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Shadi is a respected member of the wider City of Melbourne team and we wish him well during his recovery.
“We will nominate him for a bravery award in recognition of his service to the wider community.”
Shadi has worked with the City of Melbourne for 18 months and used his training to calmly and bravely respond to the incident.
He had surgery on Saturday following the attack and is recovering well.
SECUREcorp Managing Director Harrie Veerman thanked the first responders and fellow security guards who worked quickly to respond to the attack.
“Shadi had the presence of mind to escape while being chased by the offender, which is why he is with us today. He then returned to provide direction to other people under his care while trying to stem the bleeding from his wound,” Mr Veerman said.
“He remained in radio contact with our team at the City of Melbourne control room throughout the incident. We thank the first responders who quickly took control of the incident for the support and assistance provided to Shadi.”
Shadi is receiving support for himself and his family through SECUREcorp’s Employee Assistance Program.
SECUREcorp and the City of Melbourne will not be providing any footage or images in relation to the attack and request that the media respect the officer’s privacy as he recovers.
Anyone directly affected by this tragic event, such as witnessing the event or being physically injured, should call the Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817.