Paul ‘Tug’ Hartley

TUG joined the army straight from school following the family tradition. He joined the Royal Engineers in September 1997 where he served as a C3 Systems Operator until 2003 when he transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps to pre-show his love from medicine As a Combat Medical Technician (CMT).

He served in Afghanistan twice, Oman, Lebanon and Canada.

Tug was awarded the George Medal (GM) for actions in Afghanistan whilst serving with 3 Para on Op Herrick 4 in 2006. A group of soldiers were injured in a minefield and Tug refused to leave  and stop treating those worse injured than him until everyone was rescued.

The story of Tug and his colleges has been made into a feature film “Kajaki the true story” which had public release in the UK on Friday 28th of November 2014, with a % of all profits made being shared to a number of military charities.

Since leaving the army in 2008, Tug has predominately worked within the private security sector as a medical and risk mitigation instructor allowing him to pass on vital life-saving skills.

Tug also works alongside other charities including being a Patron for “The Forgotten Hero’s”, a small Leeds based charity supporting the carers of injured service men and women.

Veterans In Action are proud to have Tug as our latest Patron and he fits in well with our growing number of inspirational Patrons.