Powerful photos show ambulance staff saying their final farewell to popular work colleague Lance Cox

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood - Credit: Archant

These powerful photos capture the moment ambulance crew bowed their heads in silence and paid their respects to their popular work colleague who died within weeks of a cancer diagnosis.

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood - Credit: Archant

Staff at Ely ambulance station arranged for traffic to be stopped as the hearse made its way through the city centre and then on to Cambridge Crematorium where family and friends said their final farewells to paramedic Lance Cox.

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood - Credit: Archant

The 42 year old was diagnosed with stomach cancer in April.

Traffic is stopped for the funeral of popular paramedic Lance Cox, of Sutton, who was based at Ely a

Traffic is stopped for the funeral of popular paramedic Lance Cox, of Sutton, who was based at Ely ambulance station. - Credit: Archant

His ‘green family’ of ambulance work colleagues joined forces to say their final good byes to him. They raised more than £3,700 for his wife Claire and four year old daughter Pip.

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood - Credit: Archant

Chris Murkin, duty locality officer at Ely ambulance station described Lance as: “A really unassuming person, he never made a fuss, just got on with things.

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood - Credit: Archant


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“He was a very popular work colleague, if every ambulance station across the country was full of Lance Cox’s, they would just run themselves. “He was polite, articulate and kind and an all round good chap to have around.”

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood - Credit: Archant

Claire Dunham said on setting up a Just Giving page for Lance’s family in June: “Lance in my eyes is a legend and not just my work colleague but my best friend and family.

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood

Colleagues pay tribute Ely paramedic Lance Cox PHOTO: Ruby Wood - Credit: Archant

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“I worked with Lance for a number of years, we have shared many happy moments and many sad moments, given the nature of our job.

“Lance worked tirelessly for the past 10 years to save lives and help people in need, in their time of need.”

Lance, of Sutton, was a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, based at Ely Station, saving lives and helping many people in and around the local community since 2009.

He was also the crew member who carried out blue light training assessments at the Ely ambulance station.

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