Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance doctor receives MBE

Dr Malcolm Russell Image copyright KSSAAT
Image caption Dr Russell received the MBE from the Queen at Windsor Castle

A Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance doctor has been presented with the MBE for services to emergency medicine.

Dr Malcolm Russell received the medal from the Queen in a ceremony at Windsor Castle after being named in the New Year's Honours List.

He joined the air ambulance as clinical lead in 2007 when the Surrey and Sussex helicopter was first launched.

Last year, Dr Russell became the charity's medical director responsible for assuring the quality of care.

The father-of-two served in the British Army for 15 years and has been involved in pre-hospital emergency medicine since 1996.

In 2011, he was part of a 50-strong UK international search and rescue team that helped victims of an earthquake in New Zealand and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan caused by a tsunami.

Dr Russell collected his medal watched by his wife and two children.

He said: "I felt humbled to be amongst some incredible people and very thoughtful of the work our charity does and the many people we strive to help."

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