Firefighter dies while on duty in flood-hit Staines

A firefighter died while on duty in a flood-hit town. Clifford Cox died at Staines fire station last night, his next of kin and family have been informed. Mr Cox had served as a firefighter in Surrey for nearly 25 years.

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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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