Medic’s fourth honour for Afghanistan heroism

Embargoed to 0001 Friday March 23''Handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of Engineer Mechanic Michelle Ping who is Mentioned in Despatches, as recipients on the Operational Honours list are announced at Admiralty House, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 23, 2012. See PA story DEFENCE Honours. Photo credit should read: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Embargoed to 0001 Friday March 23''Handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of Engineer Mechanic Michelle Ping who is Mentioned in Despatches, as recipients on the Operational Honours list are announced at Admiralty House, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 23, 2012. See PA story DEFENCE Honours. Photo credit should read: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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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.”