Geoff Norris of the Arran RNLI received his MBE from the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Tuesday 3 July.
Geoff, 68, from Lamlash first joined the lifeboat crew as a shore helper in 1973 and in 1978 he took on a role which is now termed Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM), a position he still holds today.
Arran lifeboat station has saved the lives of more than 60 people and yet, like so many RNLI volunteers Geoff is modest about his efforts and those of his crew.
He is humbled and honoured to be recognised by the Queen and to have received an MBE.
For more on this story see The Arran Banner, July 14 2012 or on line from the same date at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital.