Hero recog­nised

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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