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Firefighter funeral

Alan Soards

Firefighters from across the country will attend the funeral today of a colleague from Suffolk who died during a training exercise in Hertfordshire.

Alan Soards, who was 38, was based at Lowestoft Fire Station. He was taken ill during an exercise at the Lee Valley white water centre.

Fellow fire fighters will act as pallbearers and his coffin will be carried on the back of a turntable ladder to a church in Gorleston-on-Sea.