A statement from Keswick Mountain Rescue Team said:
"The whole Team are absolutely delighted that Mark has received this award. He is extremely respected as our Team Leader and will reach his 20th year as TL in 2013.
"Mark is a very involved with all aspects of Mountain Rescue, not just in the Keswick area but also regionally and nationally.
"He is an inspiration to many people and he is always keen to see new ideas and innovation. Mark has worked hard and tirelessly to promote the professionalism and dedication of the Keswick Team. This is wonderful news."
Mark Hodgson has been part of the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team for forty years taking part in over 1,200 recorded rescues.. He has been the team leader for nearly twenty.