Andrew Foster, who was killed on September 27, 2017, has been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for actions he took to save his wife from a rockfall in Yosemite National Park.
Queen’s Gallantry Medal
Andrew Foster (posthumous)
Accident in Yosemite National Park (27 September 2017)
On 27 September 2017 Andrew Foster and his wife Lucy were on a camping trip in Yosemite National Park in California when rocks, reportedly the size of cars, started to fall around them. Lucy was walking 50m behind Andrew when they heard the rocks begin to fall above them. Mr Foster was already well clear of the danger site when the rockfall began but Mrs Foster was not, and he shouted for her to run. She lost her footing on the uneven terrain, causing her to fall to the ground directly under the rock fall. Mr Foster ran back to his wife and lay on top of her to protect her from falling rocks. He suffered fatal injuries whilst Lucy, although suffering life-threatening injuries at the time, was rescued from the mountainside and made a full recovery.