AA Awards 2009

AA announces its top recovery patrol

21 April 2009

Formula 1 fan Ken Deeley from Sheffield is hitting top gear after being crowned Recovery Patrol of the Year – the crème de la crème of the AA's recovery patrols – at the recent AA Annual Awards.

AA recovery patrol of the year Ken Deeley with his award In his new role, he will spend the next 12 months representing the UK's biggest motoring organisation within the motor industry.

The judging began in January with local managers nominating patrols who were then interviewed and whittled down to a final five. In February, the finalists were put through an intensive day of technical and driving tests, panel interview and mock live TV interviews near the AA's training centre in Leicestershire.

Prior to joining the AA three years ago, the 42-year-old worked as a long-distance LGV and car transporter driver. One of his most amusing recoveries was being asked to salute by an elderly couple who then photographed him for their family album.

As well as his interest in Formula 1, he supports Manchester United and enjoys riding his motorbikes and trying real ale (but not together!) His dream car is a Range Rover.

Ken says: "One of the best things about this job is the variety – I love the work and meeting new people. I am over the moon that I've won – it's a real honour and recognition for all my hard work."

Steve Dewey, AA Road Operations Director, says: "Ken's a shining example of the dedication to service and professionalism that our patrols pride themselves on. He always goes the extra mile for our members, so it's great to be able to recognise this."

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24 April 2009