A young volunteer from Collinbridge received prestigious recognition for serving his local community at an event recently.
Philip McCorry, who is a member of Glengormley Ambulance and Rescue Service, was presented with a Pioneer Award Certificate from the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg.
The youth from Glengormley has clocked up over 200 hours service since becoming a volunteer with the team in September 2014.
Councillor Hogg presented him with the award on Thursday, December 17, at an event which was held in Mossley Mill.
The Mayor was full of praise for the young volunteer who has devoted a lot of his time to the rescue unit.
“I was delighted to welcome Philip and his parents to Mossley Mill to present him with the Volunteer Now Pioneer Award.
“To have undertaken two hundred hours of voluntary service with Glengormley Ambulance and Rescue Unit at the young age of twelve is a tremendous achievement.
“Philip is a great role model for young people and I wish him every success for the future.
“I think that young people generally attract an unfair amount of criticism, and it is important to highlight the good work that goes on within our borough by young people,” the DUP Councillor commented.
Chief Station Officer at the Glengormley Ambulance and Rescue Unit, Don Kirk, believes that Philip’s contribution and dedication was deserving of the award.
“I have been with this voluntary service for over 32 years now and I have yet to see anyone like Philip, who at every chance wants to help his community in many different ways.
“He is so outstanding in the way he wants to provide his time and services to senior citizens, but more so those with severe disabilities.
“I can’t say enough about his kind nature towards his community. In this day and age we read all the time about young people causing trouble or hanging about the streets, doing nothing to help their community.
“However, here is a young lad stepping up to the mark to help others,” Mr Kirk said.