LINDT CAFE MANAGER Saved Fellow Hostages But Lost His Life When He Attacked Islamic Gunman
Tori Johnson saved the hostages but lost his life during the struggle.
The Herald Sun reported:
THE manager of the Lindt cafe who was fatally shot in the Martin Place siege is being praised as a hero who helped others trapped in the cafe to escape.
Tori Johnson, 34, was wrestling a gun from hostage-taker Man Haron Monis when he was killed.
It is understood the cafe manager decided to take action when the gunman began to doze off after the siege had been ongoing for 17 hours.
He lunged at the hostage-taker’s weapon, allowing others to flee.
He was one of two hostages killed in the siege, with 38-year-old lawyer Katrina Dawson also fatally shot.
The parents of the siege hero released a statement describing their pride in their “beautiful boy”.
“We are so proud of our beautiful boy Tori, gone from this earth but forever in our memories as the most amazing life partner, son and brother we could ever wish for,” the statement released through 2GB presenter Ben Fordham read.
“We’d like to thank not only our friends and loved ones for their support, but the people of Sydney; Australia and those around the world for reaching out with their thoughts and prayers.
“Our deepest gratitude to the NSW police, armed forces and paramedics for their tireless efforts.”
Katrina Dawson was the second hostage killed. (Herald Sun)