THE head of the North West Ambulance Service has received a Queens Ambulance Medal at Buckingham Palace.

Earlier this year Peter Mulcahy was shortlisted for the prestigious medal which is awarded to individuals who have shown exemplary dedication to their role, and demonstrated outstanding ability, merit and conduct to their vocation.

Mr Mulcahy was just one of five people to have been nominated across the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland.

He said: “It was a fantastic experience and one I never dreamed of happening.

“I am so proud that after 34 years’ service I have received such an award – and going to Buckingham Palace was an unexpected bonus.

“I consider it an honour, not only on a personal level, but also for North West Ambulance Service.

“It’s recognition for my profession.

“As well as thanking the wider North West Ambulance Service team, I would also specifically like to thank my teams in Cumbria and Lancashire for their support.”