Northern Ireland paramedics' sad farewell to trainer Mickey Hughes
Paramedics packed the pews of Mater Dei Church in Crumlin to pay their final respects to their colleague Mickey Hughes who "stood down for the last time".
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) staff members from every station lined the streets as the cortege left Mr Hughes' Laurelvale home and formed a guard of honour in the chapel yesterday. "Many old friends who have long since retired made that special journey to say their own goodbyes", NIAS wrote on social media.
"Tears were wiped away and arms were opened to embrace those that needed a hug."
The 60-year-old, who was diagnosed with pneumonia in April, died surrounded by his family after being transferred to King's Cross Hospital in London last Tuesday.
Fr Chris McGuinness led the service and told mourners about Mr Hughes's love of people and his pride in being a paramedic, as well as reminding his widow Angela how much the popular ambulance crew trainer loved his family.