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'A big man with a big heart': Odiham fire station watch manager Mick Paull dies after workplace accident; Mick Paull , who died on January 20, spent 44 years working at Odiham fire station.

Byline: Christopher McKeon

Hampshire firefightershave mourned the death of "legend" Mick Paull, watch manager at Odiham fire station, on Saturday evening (January 20).

Mr Paull, a firefighter at Odiham for 44 years, had been in a critical condition since sustaining a severe head injury in an accident at work on January 10.

Odiham fire station tweeted: "Last night the bells went down for our WM Mick Paull for the final time, after a valiant fight he passed peacefully whilst surrounded by the people he loved and who loved him.

"Knock off, make up, return to home station, your watch is over. RIP you legend."

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Tributes from fire stations across Hampshire described Mr Paull as "a true gentleman" and "an incredible leader and professional firefighter" who was "dedicated to serving his community".

Odiham station manager John Amos said: "Mick will be remembered on the drill yard as a big man with a big heart who upheld the finest traditions of the fire service.

"He dedicated more than 44 years to Odiham fire station. Everything he did was for his family and the community of Odiham."

Odiham Mick Paull tribute

"The thoughts of everyone in the service are with Mick's family, friends and colleagues," Mr Amos added.

Along with his role as watch manager at Odiham, Mr Paull was the organiser of the annual Odiham Fire Show, raising money for charities including The Fire Fighters Charity and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

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Mick Paull (far right) pictured at the Tilford Fire Engine Festival in 2014

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