A Kirkham volunteer who has given more than 8,500 hours of his own time supporting the police for nine years has received a special honour.
Ian Angus, 65, was the proud recipient of the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List, for his commitment and contributions to the police force in Kirkham and rural Fylde.
Ian, who lives in the town with wife Hilary, said he was “astonished” when he was told of the honour.
He added: “A letter came through the post in early May, but it wasn’t officially revealed until this month.
“It came from Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet office, informing me I was to be given the medal for my years of service. My first reaction was astonishment, followed by shock, then pride.”
After ending his involvement with his own IT business in 2004, Ian wanted to keep busy by volunteering, an ambition that drove him towards the police.
He added: “I wanted to give something back to the community.
“There were lots of other opportunities, such as being a councillor, but I felt it would be interesting to help at the police.
“Everyday is different, but it’s the colleagues I work with that make it so enjoyable.
“I work among the nicest, most special people.”
Ian added he will receive the honour from the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire later this year, before attending a garden party at the Queen’s official residence, Buckingham Palace, next year.
Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “I’m delighted for Ian.
“He is a real credit to Lancashire Constabulary and his contributions to the police service is second to none.
“It really is a unique way to be recognised for the hard work and the dedication he has shown.
“His dedication to the force over the years is truly commendable.”