Public asking for 20 year “Thames hero” Jimi to be honoured by the UK government.
FolaJimi died in the river Thames whilst trying to save a woman in need.
A petition online has been started by the public to get the attention of the government to honour young Jimi for his heroic act. The public is asking the government for a memorial plaque on London Bridge.
Jimi was on his way home, coming back from work with a friend when they heard a woman calling for help from the water. Jimi bravely jumped in, in an attempt to save her along with another man, before emergency services arrived on the scene.
The coastguard and police marine units arrived at the scene and were able to rescue the woman and the other man who had jumped in, but Jimi’s body was found later on at 6am in the morning.
A fundraiser was set up to honour Jimi’s bravery with the target of raising £25,000. This is to support his family with funeral arrangements. The target quickly surpassed the target to over £100,000 from over 6000 donations. The organisers took down the GoFundMe after they had noticed that they raised a lot of money. The support from the public can only be described as an outpouring love, gratitude, respect and support for young Jimi who showed bravery and selflessness by trying to save the life of a woman who had fallen from London Bridge into the River Thames on the 24th of April.
Jimi’s, Michael Adewole told The Sun: “Jimi was a very nice, kind young man, he was the heart of our family.
“He was full of life, he had his life to live, he was ambitious, and he was so gifted.”
Mr Adewola believes his son should be recognised for his bravery. “We want justice for him,” he said.
Many in the country have been leaving tributes for the brave young man, as the city is rocked by the tragic news.
There are now calls for Jimi to receive a posthumous award and a Gallantry Award for his act of selflessness and Bravery.
“We want his life to mean something, it will always mean something to us, but he should be rewarded for the bravery he showed, he deserves a medal for what he did.”