Dedicated officer receives MBE from Prince Charles
THIS dedicated policeman said "hello, hello, hello" to Prince Charles after travelling to Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE for services to policing.
Special Sergeant Brian Hunter, who is a familiar face in the Market Rasen and Caistor area, was accompanied by his wife Anita, son David and daughter Claire.
He said: "I felt very proud and honoured to receive such an award. It is a service to the community and I get great satisfaction in helping other people."
Mr Hunter is already the proud owner of a long service medal, two bars for 30 years' service, a Queen's Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee medal and the Princess Diana Award For Community Service, bestowed by Market Rasen Town Council.
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He also achieved the Lincolnshire Police Force annual Recognition Award for Officer Of The Year in 2007-08 and again in 2008-09.
However, he said: "The MBE takes pride of place over them all."
Brian, who lives in Claxby, has served more than 33 years as a special constable and completed more than 18,000 hours during that time.
He has got an "indefinite" extension to carry on in service as long as fitness allows and is regularly out on duty, particularly on a Friday night, assisting a small number of officers covering the largest geographical sector of the county.
Brian also runs his own electrical construction business, is a long serving chairman of Claxby Parish Council – since being elected the post in 1998 – and involved in Neighbourhood Watch in his village.