Award hon­our for part-time soldier He­len

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

APART-TIME soldier from Mac­cles­field has been hon­oured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieu­tenant at the an­nual Lord-Lieu­tenant’s Awards for Greater Manch­ester.

Sergeant He­len Porter, 47, is a se­nior re­sus­ci­ta­tion prac­ti­tioner with the NHS, but also serves with the Army Re­serve medics 207 (Manch­ester) field hos­pi­tal.

She was awarded Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieu­tenant’s Cer­tifi­cate of Merit, recog­nised as a lauda­tory hon­our through­out the Armed Ser­vices, in recog­ni­tion of her ex­cep­tional ser­vice with the Army Re­serve.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was made by Mr War­ren Smith, Her Majesty’s LordLieu­tenant for Greater Manch­ester, dur­ing a cer­e­mony held at Gor­ton Monastery.

He­len joined the Army Re­serve in 2006 as a com­bat med­i­cal tech­ni­cian and in 2010 she de­ployed to Afghanistan in the rank of cor­po­ral, pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal care to se­verely in­jured per­son­nel.

She is also at the fore­front of her unit’s commu- nity en­gage­ment project with Traf­ford Coun­cil, ‘Heart Start’, teach­ing ba­sic life sup­port to the pub­lic and train­ing them to use de­fib­ril­la­tors.

She said: “This award came as a com­plete sur­prise. I am proud to be a Re­servist, and I am hon­oured to re­ceive the LordLieu­tenant’s Cer­tifi­cate of Merit.”

Colonel Mark Underhill, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the North West Re­serve Forces’ and Cadets’ As­so­ci­a­tion which runs the awards, said: “The LordLieu­tenant’s Awards give us an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the self­less com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of the men and women who serve in our na­tion’s Re­serve Forces. Sergeant Porter is the epit­ome of a highly com­mit­ted Re­servist, and is most wor­thy of re­ceiv­ing the Lord-Lieu­tenant’s Cer­tifi­cate of Merit.”

The an­nual cer­e­mony, which cel­e­brates the achieve­ments of mem­bers of the Re­serve Forces and Cadet or­gan­i­sa­tions, saw 19 adults and young peo­ple from across Greater Manch­ester hon­oured.

Sergeant He­len Porter re­ceives her award from War­ren Smith, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieu­tenant for Greater Manch­ester

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