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Tribute to 'lovable, larger than life' Firefighter

Mr Cox, 53, who was known as "Biff", died at around 6pm after collapsing at the fire station, the Surrey branch of the Fire Brigades Union said.Colleagues tried to resuscitate him but were unable to save him.Richard Jones, the brigade branch secretary, said:

Biff was a lovable character with a larger than life personality. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his colleagues. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.

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Fire Services tweet condolences for Firefighter Cox

Fire Services, charities and individuals from the service across the country have sent messages of condolence to Surrey Fire and Rescue after the death of a firefighter at Staines.

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Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the @surreyfrs firefighter who died last night.

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Our deepest sympathy to the family, friends & colleagues of the firefighter from @surreyfrs who very sadly died this evening. Such sad news

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Our thoughts go out to the family, friends, and colleages of the Firefighter from @surreyfrs who died on duty. RIP

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Firefighter Clifford Cox 'will be greatly missed'

It is with profound regret that I have to inform you of the death of Firefighter Clifford Cox at Staines Fire Station earlier this evening. We are deeply saddened and upset by this tragic news and our thoughts are with his family, friends and close colleagues at this very difficult time.

FF Cox was based at Staines Fire Station on Green Watch, having served in Surrey for nearly 25 years. He will be greatly missed by the Service and his colleagues.

This is understandably a very difficult time for all, particularly in light of the on-going major incident and the demands placed on all staff.

Welfare arrangements are in place for the crews of both Staines and Sunbury who were involved.

– Surrey Fire and Rescue Service statement

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Flood update: levels in Staines 'unprecedented'

Residents in Staines were woken by telephone flood alerts today as the River Thames submerged a footpath and began to move towards homes on Laleham Road.

"We've been living here for 30 years and we've never seen it so high. We got a phone call from the Environment Agency at 7.30am with a flood alert."It is concerning. What will happen if it gets into the houses? You can't move everything. What if you've got heavy furniture?"

– Denise Bristow, 63

"I've been in the fire brigade for a long time and I've never seen water at this depth before and the amount of people that we're actually having to rescue.The amount of calls we're getting to rescues at the moment is unprecedented.We've got crews that are constantly out."

– Station manager Paul Jones, Berkshire Fire and Rescue

ROAD: M3 in Surrey

There are problems on the M3 in Surrey. Three lanes are closed due to an accident on the London bound carriageway between J2 M25 and J1 A316 (Sunbury / Staines). It's expected to cause long delays.

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