Published on the Voice Newspaper on 26th April 2021
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, a 20-year-old Black man, passed away after attempting to save a woman’s life. He was heading home with a friend when they witnessed a woman fall from London Bridge. He and his friend swam into the River Thames and attempted to save the woman’s life. His friend and the woman were rescued by the coast guard and the Metropolitan Police’s marine unit service. However, they were unable to locate Olubunmi-Adewole body. Following a six-hour search and rescue, his body was discovered at 6 AM on 29th April 2021.
At the age of 20, Olubunmi-Adewole was the primary breadwinner of his family. An online fundraiser was set up to cover the cost of his funeral and funeral reception. Currently, the fundraiser has exceeded its goal of raising £25,000 and raised £59,463.
“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.” – Michael Adewole, Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole’s father