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Tributes paid to Staffordshire firefighter killed in crash

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have thanked the public for messages of support, following the death of one of their firefighters.

31-year-old Alex Taylor, who was from Penkridge, was riding a Suzuki GSXR motorcycle towards Buxton on the A515 at Newhaven when he collided with a Skoda Octavia and a Nissan Navara, around 11.55am on Tuesday (5 March).

He died at the scene.

Rob Barber, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our firefighter Alex Taylor and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.

“Our thoughts first and foremost are with Alex’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time but we are also thinking of his colleagues and friends within SFRS.

“Alex joined the Service in 2010 and during his career he spent time at Penkridge, Leek and Hanley, but most recently worked at Tamworth.

“We understand this awful news will have come as a devastating shock to all those who knew him within the Service and we are offering them welfare support at this difficult time.”

Messages also flooded in on social media.

One person posted: "I’m destroyed! I have lost more than a friend and work colleague. I’m so privileged to have worked with you for so many years Al sleep well til we meet again."

Another described him as a 'true gentleman and a true professional'.

Staffordshire Fire have since tweeted: "We’d like to say a huge thank you for all the kind comments so many people have shared for Alex on social media.

"The outpouring of sympathy is overwhelming, which is testament to what a wonderful man he was, not to mention a fantastic firefighter & member of our team."

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