Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for a memorial plaque in honour of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole.
It comes after the 20-year-old - known to his friends as Jimi – was called a ‘hero’ after jumped into the River Thames, with a friend, to rescue a woman who had fallen in. Following the heroics, the City of London Police contacted the Royal Humane Society to nominate him, saying that it was absolutely the right thing to do and that his bravery and selfless actions be recognised.
Following that a spokesperson said: "We feel that is absolutely right to recognise the bravery and selfless actions of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, known as Jimi.
"To honour his memory and heroism, we have contacted the Royal Humane Society to start the nomination process for their bravery award, and we are also looking to award Jimi a commissioner's commendation from the City of London Police. Our thoughts remain with his friends and family at this difficult time."
Olubunmi-Adewole was on his way back from a work shift at The Cinnamon Club Indian restaurant at around midnight when he saw the woman in distress. His body was recovered from the water six hours after he tried to rescue the woman who had fallen in. Sadly, he was no longer alive.
His friend and the woman were recovered from the water alive five hours beforehand, but rescue services had been unable to locate young Jimi. Some members of the public have nominated him for the George Cross - the highest award that the British government can give to people for non-operational gallantry - award for bravery posthumously.
Jimi’s father, Michael Adewola has also expressed that he would like the government to honour his son’s sacrifice. Signatories would like the plaque to be placed on London Bridge to honour his ‘bravery and act of heroism.’