Dartford volunteer medic earns top accolade
PUBLISHED: 09:32 21 April 2011
»Thirty five years service to a leading first aid charity has seen Simon Smith awarded the Order of St John.
Having joined St John Ambulance as a cadet, Mr Smith, from Dartford, has progressed to role of Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Unit Support and was given the honour at a ceremony on Thursday.
The presentation was made at the order’s historic 12th century Priory Church in London’s Clerkenwell.
The Order of St John – available to those who have shown exceptional service – is a Royal Order of Chivalry and each recipient is approved by the Queen.
Mr Smith said: “I joined as a cadet and have been involved ever since. St John Ambulance has become part of my life and I have got a lot out of it.
“I particularly enjoyed my time as a cadet. I remember taking part in camps and drill competitions and the influence of those times has stayed with me.
“I am very honoured to have been invested into the Order of St John.”
Mr Smith, who was made a Serving Brother in the Order of St John, works at the headquarters in Edwina Mountbatten House in York Street, London. He was presented with the Order’s insignia by Rodney Green, the Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands.
Mr Green said: “As one of the charity’s 40,000 volunteers, his work is integral to its work in communities across the country.”