A FORMER Hereford sixth form student has been recognised for rescuing members of the public during last year's heavy snowfall.

Local flight lieutenant James Garrett has been commended in the RAF New Year Honours List for organising the rescue.

The 30-year-old was also given the Gill Sword award, which is given annually to the junior officer who has made the greatest contribution towards operations.

He received this in recognition of his work to provide relief to the Caribbean after the Atlantic hurricane last year.

James was brought up in Pencombe and Ullingswick before attending Hereford Sixth Form College.

From the age of 13 he attended Leominster Air cadets 151 Squadron and remained there until he joined the RAF at age 19, where he is now in AOC 38.

James has served two tours in The Falklands, as well as Afghanistan and Kenya over his 12 years in RAF.

Although currently based in High Wycombe, he finds time to cycle with Hereford cycling clubs when back home.