Matamata’s Russell Green would be the last person to proclaim himself a local hero.
But ask anyone involved with the Matamata Community Health Shuttle and you will hear a different story.
Mr Green, who is operations manager for the free service, was recently named a Kiwibank Local Hero.
Now in its fourth year of operation, the Kiwibank Local Hero awards have quickly established themselves as the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.
Matamata Community Health Shuttle Trust chairman Garry Stanley said they nominated Mr Green for his outstanding service and dedi- cation to his role, despite serious health issues.
‘‘ He is a fantastic operations officer,’’ said Mr Stanley.
‘‘His health makes it harder for him but he’s done an outstanding job and he’s well deserving of the award.’’
Mr Green co-ordinates about 40 volunteers, who last year transported more than 2000 people to Waikato Hospital and other health facilities.
Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker presented Mr Green with his award at a special medal presentation ceremony at the Hamilton Gardens on December 6.
First aid trainer Hylton Grigor was also recognised as a local hero.