Yorkshire surgeon and Humberside fire chief honoured

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Dr Pathak has undertaken many voluntary projects in the UK and India

A Hull surgeon and the deputy chief fire officer of Humberside fire service are among those recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Dr Ashok Pathak, 58, becomes an MBE for services to medicine in the East Riding of Yorkshire and India.

He said he was "delighted" and that the honour had come as a complete surprise.

Richard Hannigan, who joined the fire service in 1982, and recently became deputy chief fire officer, receives the Queen's Fire Service Medal.

Dr Pathak, who is married with two children, has worked for Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust for more than 20 years.

In addition to his medical duties he has undertaken much voluntary work both in the UK and his native India.

This includes managing Jagiwan Tuberculosis Hospital in Bihar, where he trains staff in basic surgical techniques.

In 2009 he arranged a charity cricket match to raise funds for the hospital.

Dr Pathak, who is a keen cricketer and has sponsored players from underprivileged backgrounds to come and play cricket in Yorkshire, said he found out he was to be appointed MBE about six weeks ago.

"I was delighted, and feel very honoured and humbled.

"Never in my wildest dreams was I expecting it."

Schoolgirl mums

In other honours, Humberside Police constable Paul Caswell becomes an MBE for helping reduce youth-related crime and disorder in North East Lincolnshire.

This includes providing free activities and training programmes for young people, including some young offenders.

Pc Caswell described the honour as "simply mind-blowing".

"I would like to thank my family for all their support and everyone I work with, as this is very much a partnership effort."

Julie Stamper, the founder of the Schoolgirl Mums' Unit in Hull, which has provided education and support for pregnant schoolgirls for more than 20 years, becomes an MBE for services to education.

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