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BZ to a hero

Old 24th Mar 2018, 12:47
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BZ to a hero

OK, this guy was now in the French Gendarme but was ex-forces and in 2007 was awarded the French Military Cross. And who selflessly exchanged himself in place of a civilian hostage. I wish I had a tenth of his courage.

RIP chap...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...nch-siege-dies
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 12:57
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Brave indeed and will be remembered by the women hostage for the rest of her life.
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Just a FWIW from someone who lives quite close to where this all unraveled, .. and apologies before hand for being picky, but the Lt Col Beltrame was not really strictly “ex-forces”...I know the U.K. media uses policeman in referring to him but the Gendarmarie National is a military organisation tasked with civil law and order (unlike the Police Municipal, who are more like the U.K. police)...

Pickyness aside I do agree completely with the sentiments of the OPs post though..we were aware of all this unravelling yesterday via local news, couldn’t help but admire the bravery displayed when we heard he had swopped with the female hostage and were hoping.........maybe once and for all we can put an end to the various flag and reverse gear jokes....one can but hope.
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Very sad news indeed.


SALUER
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This was bravery of the highest order - done in cold blood - it deserves the highest praise. A true hero.
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 15:01
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Top man!

From the BBC:
He graduated in 1999 from France's leading military academy in Saint Cyr and in 2003 became one of just a handful of candidates chosen to join the gendarmerie's elite security response group GSIGN.

He was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and was later awarded the Cross for Military Valour for his peacekeeping work. On his return to France, Col Beltrame joined the country's Republican Guard and was tasked with protecting the presidential palace.

In 2017, he was named deputy chief of the Gendarmerie Nationale in the French region of Aude, home to the medieval town of Carcassonne, where Lakdim began his deadly shooting spree on Friday.
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 16:15
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A truly selfless and heroic action which is worthy of the highest accolades and praise.
We salute Col Baltrame and his like.
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Couldn't agree more.
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I thought courage like that only existed in the movies, not in reality. A real hero.
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Highest respect for him. He saved at least one lady. And he knew how dangerous it was before and still did what he did. What a great Gentleman.
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Also being discussed on JB where the subject of a medal came up. I would think that a posthumous award of the Legion of Honour would be most likely, although I am not sufficiently familiar with the French system to know if there is perhaps a more appropriate award.

maybe once and for all we can put an end to the various flag and reverse gear jokes....one can but hope.
Hear hear.
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 18:44
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Originally Posted by the_flying_cop View Post
I thought courage like that only existed in the movies, not in reality. A real hero.

I suggest that you read some of the citations for bravery in recent years to those who have been awarded decorations.
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I know a few coppers in the UK and all I'd say is they'd all do the same...............

cold blooded bravery

A very brave man........
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Tricolours were all at half-mast today in my home town. It's deservedly huge news here.
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Greater love hath no man....
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Bravo Zulu, indeed. Hat is off and salute. RIP.
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I can’t imagine the fear he must of felt as he swapped places, yet he pressed on, a true hero. RIP.
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Also being discussed on JB where the subject of a medal came up. I would think that a posthumous award of the Legion of Honour would be most likely, although I am not sufficiently familiar with the French system to know if there is perhaps a more appropriate award.

Hear hear.
I'm sure President Macron will honour Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame with a posthumous award of the Légion d'Honneur (there are 5 levels). It may be awarded to military personnel posthumously (unlike civilians) and I expect that Lt Col Beltrame will be honoured with a State funeral at Les Invalides.
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Originally Posted by papajuliet View Post
This was bravery of the highest order - done in cold blood - it deserves the highest praise. A true hero.
Agree, all the more courageous for doing this in cold blood and full knowledge of the risks.
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This action went well above the call of duty and reached an order of self-sacrifice that warrants high honour and recognition from the French Government.

He deserves his place among military heroes.

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