Tributes to Northern Ireland paramedic Mickey Hughes who trained many ambulance staff
Paramedics in Northern Ireland have paid tribute to popular training officer Mickey Hughes, who passed away in a London hospital aged 60 following a short illness.
Mr Hughes lived in Crumlin with his wife Angela and had struggled with his health since being diagnosed with pneumonia in April.
He was recently transferred to King's Cross Hospital after his condition worsened, passing away peacefully on Tuesday surrounded by his family.
Mr Hughes was a father-of-one, and also had two stepsons, one of whom sadly passed away three years ago.
His second stepson Paddy is due to get married next Friday. Mr Hughes had requested that the ceremony should still go ahead.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) described him as a "top class paramedic", adding that it was likely he had trained many of the staff who respond to the 500 calls the NIAS receive every day.
"He cared about people, he understood their vulnerabilities and he wanted to help," the tribute read.
"He knew how to reassure patients and make them believe that, while in his care, everything would be fine. In the most stressful of conditions, Mickey also knew how to inject the appropriate amount of humour to lighten any situation."
Mr Hughes' friend and fellow paramedic Ann-Marie Ferguson has started a fundraising page to help bring him home from London and to pay for funeral costs.
So far, £2,480 of a £4,000 target has been raised.