BRAVE Sheffield Royal Navy medic Michelle Ping has won a fourth award for coming to the rescue of a wounded soldier while under a hail of bullets in Afghanistan.
Reservist Air Engineer Michelle, from Dungworth, climbed on to a roof under a hail of bullets to reach Highlander Craig Paterson, aged 22, who had been shot in the head.
The 38-year-old has already received a Mention in Despatches, a Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, and an honour at the Military Awards sponsored by The Sun.
Now Michelle, who works as a paramedic for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in her civilian life, has been named Yorkshire Woman of the Year.
She said: “To come from Sheffield and be named Yorkshire Woman of the Year is a great honour. I can’t describe it, it’s massive.
“I have now won four awards but, to be honest, I still don’t understand what all the fuss is about - I was just doing my job.”
Michelle said she has no plans to return to the war zone at present.
She said: “I was only there last year and you get a three-year period when you don’t have to be deployed after doing a tour. I don’t think my family would be too keen.”
Michelle, who has also served in Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia, said she treated all the young soldiers like they were her sons.
Her latest honour was presented at the Yorkshire Awards in Leeds, where Lord Coe was named Man of the Year for his Olympic role.
Michelle’s dad Graham, of Grimesthorpe, said: “The family is really proud.”