A 31-year-old Staffordshire firefighter who died following a collision in Newhaven has been named by Derbyshire Police as Alex Taylor.
Mr Taylor, who was from Penkridge, Stafford, and was off-duty at the time of the incident, was riding a Suzuki GSXR motorcycle towards Buxton on the A515 at Newhaven when he collided with a Skoda Octavia and a Nissan Navara.
He received serious injuries as a result of the collision, which occurred at 11.55am on Tuesday, March 5, and tragically 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.”
A police investigation into the cause of the collision is underway and officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact Derbyshire police as a matter of urgency.
A spokesperson for the Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit said:
“Our thoughts are with Alex’s family and his colleagues at Staffordshire Fire Service.
“It doesn’t get much worse than this for the emergency services family.
“If you can offer any information, call us on 101”.
A spokesperson for the Firefighters Charity said:
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and colleagues of Firefighter Alex Taylor of Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service who tragically lost his life yesterday”.
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