Mr Simmons, 56, attended a lunch in London at which he and other Royal Mail staff were honoured for their community work. The former builder and parish councillor has been an emergency responder for HART from the early days of the group, one of the first in the country.
He said: “I was surprised and delighted to receive the letter. There are many of us who just do these things as part of our lives. It is simply giving back to people.”
HART chairman Dick Nye said: “Trevor is very deserving of this recognition and we applaud the Royal Mail for marking his efforts in this way.”
Gyles Culver, landlord of The White Hart, said: “We are very proud of Trevor’s achievements. He is an example to all of how important volunteers are in a community.”