One of the highest military honours has been awarded to a Harrogate man in recognition of his voluntary service in the Air Training Corps.
Richard Dealhoy, a warrant officer in the Air Cadets, was given the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate - an achievement recognised as one of the highest honours in the armed forces, ranking just below an MBE.
Mr Dealhoy, who lives on Knapping Hill, was presented the certificate by Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Barry Dodd.
He said: “I feel extremely honoured to have received this prestigious award.
“I enjoy my time with the Air Cadets immensely and thoroughly enjoy organising or still taking part in the wide range of activities and experiences available to cadets.
“It is a superb organisation, and it’s a great privilege to be recognised in this way for all the time I give.”
Having served in the Air Cadets for 27 years, the 39-year-old’s experience as a resuscitation officer for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has played an important part and he received the rare Commandant Special Commendation following his actions as a cadet which saved a person’s life in a traffic accident.
For this he was also recognised at the Young Achievers Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
He also assisted a colleague who collapsed at a parade, receiving his second Commandant Special Commendation – a feat which few are known to have achieved.
Chief executive of the Yorkshire and the Humber Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association Colonel Snagge said: “Without the selfless commitment of many hundreds of volunteers across the region who give up their time outside of working hours, the reserve forces and cadets simply couldn’t exist.
“I am delighted Richard’s service has been commemorated in this way and I know he will continue to make a great difference to the Air Cadets.”
Richard was one of only five people in North Yorkshire to be presented with the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate.