Dominic Troulan – the first civilian in 41 years to be given the prestigious award
A former Special Forces commando who was awarded the George Cross for saving 200 people in the Nairobi terror attack has been injured in a shooting.
Dominic Troulan because the first civilian in 41 years to be given the prestigious award for his heroics during the siege which left 67 dead in 2013.
After receiving a call from a friend who said his wife and daughter were caught inside, Mr Troulan took on the terrorists himself armed with just a 9mm pistol.
Now it’s been reported he needed hospital treatment after being shot twice by two gunmen in Kenya, where he has lived for more than a decade.
Mr Troulan, 54, was approached by the armed attackers on a motorbike while walking through the Kenyan capital.
The former Royal Marine again showed his bravery, drawing his pistol and shooting both men dead during the gunfight.
He suffered two wounds to his leg and took himself to hospital for surgery, The Sun reports.
There were fears the ambush may have been retaliation from Al Shabaab, the Islamic extremists behind the shopping mall atrocity.
But Mr Troulan believes it is more likely the assailants were simply petty thieves trying to steal his backpack, The Sun reports.
Speaking about his actions during the Nairobi siege, Mr Troulan told how he was confronted by a scene “like an abattoir.”
Blood was all over the wall and unexploded grenades were strewn on the ground, while children were among the dead.
He added: “It was horrendous. It was absolute carnage.”
British-born Mr Troulan, who was in the military for 30 years, went to the rescue of people trapped inside the building and spent six hours going in and out of the Westgate shopping mall.
He later said he believed he rescued in the region of 200 people from the shopping centre.
Mr Troulan was awarded a George Cross – Britain’s highest civilian gallantry medal – for his actions.
The George Cross is handed out to people who carry out “acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger.”
Since 1976 the handful of those honoured with the medal were serving servicemen.
Mr Troulan, in his first interview with The Times , said ordinary people showed “quiet acts of decency and compassion too numerous to count.”
He added: “I see myself as a custodian, for all the other good people who helped that day: the medics, the people who turned up with bottles of water, the people offering first aid.”
The retired major was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal in 1993, when he was in the UK special forces.
Dad-of-two Mr Troulan also worked as a security consultant and helped to rescue British hostages, including Judith Tebbutt and also Paul and Rachel Chandler, who were held by pirates in Somalia.
He said he was “tremendously honoured” to be handed the medal, which is second only to the Victoria Cross, but said it brought back memories of the devastating attack.
Mr Troulan said: “Militarily, you go on operations, you have a plan and you divorce yourself from everything and you are focused on that plan.
“Nobody was mentally prepared for Westgate.
“This was in a shopping mall, a place you use to get your everyday groceries.
“I remember seeing the absolute carnage and thinking, ‘I have got to do something about this.’”
He said his inspiration were from the words of Theodore Roosevelt, the US President, who said in 1910 “credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.”
He also paid tribute to those who had shown “amazing human spirit” following the attacks in Manchester and London.