"Flying Doctor" Hinds laid to rest
The greatest tribute to an Irish motorcycle racing doctor who died in a crash would be to name an air ambulance after him, his funeral was told.
Dr John Hinds (35) died from injuries he suffered when he crashed while on duty at the Skerries 100 practice session in north Dublin last weekend.
The medic - nicknamed one of the "flying doctors" for his lifesaving work on road race tracks - was a strong campaigner for the use of helicopters to take the injured to hospital.
Bikers from all over the country attended his funeral service in Portaferry, Co Down, where his partner Janet Acheson said "her quiet man" would own her heart forever.
Fellow racing doctor Fred MacSorley said his colleague's Delta 7 call sign pager was deactivated by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) on Tuesday.
"I would hope with the dedication and help of people around that in the years to come the call sign Delta Seven would be heard as it had been cleared to land in the heliport at the top of the Royal Victoria Hospital," he said.