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Lewis paramedic Roddy Macdonald has been honoured as Stornoway’s first ever Flybe Community Hero.


The award ceremony at Stornoway Airport was attended by his friends and family.


Mr Macdonald was nominated by Christine Schofield who highlighted the positive work he put in to island life.


She said: “Roddy could be described as a leader, a teacher, a mentor, a counsellor, a friend and a father but most of all a role model to those on Stornoway.”


Mr Macdonald works full time as a paramedic, supporting the vital First Responder community and training local people in essential lifesaving skills.


As part of the charity Lucky2Bhere he assists with training and equipping communities with defibrillators


He has also been a coastguard over the last 30 years.


In addition he helps out at a local farm.


In recognition of his achievements his prize also includes free flights from Stornoway and an Eastern Airways aircraft named in his honour.


David Paterson, Flybe Country Manager Scotland, said: “It was fantastic to read all the nominations that were submitted from Stornoway residents. It’s clear that the Isle of Lewis has more than its share of selfless individuals who go the extra mile to support their communities in so many different ways.


“Roddy stood out for his selfless service over the past 30 years.


“As we can see by the many friends and family who joined us today to celebrate his many achievements in in this special way, he has made a huge investment into the local community and well deserving to have been at Flybe’s Stornoway community hero.”


Local community hero award presented to Lewis paramedic

14 December 2017