For his act of heroism, he got a knife in the throat, but Geoff Ho doesn’t have any regrets about using his self-defense skills to fight two armed attackers.
During Saturday night’s terror attack in London, three men armed with knives killed seven and injured nearly 50–first by ploughing through pedestrians on London Bridge with a van, then taking to the streets to stab bar patrons.
An esteemed business editor at the Sunday Express, Ho witnessed a bouncer at the Southwark Tavern being set upon by two knife-wielding terrorists. Rather than try to flee to safety, Ho–an expert in both kickboxing and kung-fu– immediately leapt to the victim’s aid.
In the immediate aftermath of the terror attack, which has since been claimed by ISIS, concerned friends and colleagues rushed to social media to try and confirm Ho’s whereabouts. Fellow journalist Isabelle Oderberg began a vocal, active Twitter campaign to locate her dear friend.
One of my best friends is missing in London, all we know is he was stabbed and in an ambulance. His name is Geoff Ho. Can anyone help? pic.twitter.com/763pOHGNJq
— Isabelle Oderberg (@yodaberg) June 4, 2017
Ho, meanwhile, despite his grievous wound, stayed calm and fashioned himself a makeshift tourniquet to stop the immediate blood flow. Eyewitnesses photographed him being carried away in an ambulance. For a time, his loved ones could only wait in shock and fear.
In a social media post, he defiantly and courageously declared: “Don’t know whether it was stupid or noble to jump in and break up the fight outside the Southwark Tavern, but two a***s trying to do over the lone bouncer on the door isn’t happening on my watch.”
Ho’s coworkers have since come forth to applaud both his professional skills and his dauntless courage.
Sunday Express Editor Martin Townsend offered loving words and praise.
“Geoff Ho is an absolutely first class reporter and a fine and decent man and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time. We are all hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.”
One colleague claimed “Geoff Ho has an unmatched presence in our office and we were all floored to hear what happened last night. “The bravery he showed in the heinous terror attack was astounding – but honestly, not at all [surprising].”
A second said “As anyone who has worked with Geoff Ho knows, there is never a dull moment.His intolerance for nonsense is like no other – which he perfectly balances with being bright, kind and funny. What happened last night – the few details we have about the incident – has shown Geoff to be the hero we all knew he was and is. We all look forward to having him back in the office and will raise a glass to him this evening.”
Fortunately, Ho survived. He received intensive surgery and currently cannot speak, but his efforts undoubtedly saved lives. His quick thinking and lightning reflexes are a reminder that even in moments of terror, there are heroes all around us.
Thank you every one for the best wishes. I got out of surgery yesterday and am on the mend.
— Geoff Ho (@FinanceHog) June 5, 2017