Firefighter killed with baby girl in wreck remembered as ‘upbeat’


The firefighter who died in a horrific 15-car pileup in Alabama alongside his 9-month-old daughter was remembered as “upbeat” and “always put his family first,” loved ones said.

Cody Fox, 29, who was fire chief at New Hope Volunteer Fire Department in Tennessee, was killed by the impact of the crash Saturday on a wet Interstate 65 about 35 miles south of Montgomery, the Butler County coroner said.

“He was always ready to help anyone out. He always put his family first,” Fox’s brother, Blake, told news station WDEF.

Aaron Sanders, who worked with Fox at the Marion County Emergency Management Agency, remembered him as a “great guy” and said he always doted on his daughter, Ariana, who also was killed in the crash.

Cody Fox and his 9-month-old daughter, Ariana were killed in the pile up in Alabama.
Cody Fox and his 9-month-old daughter, Ariana, were killed in the pile-up in Alabama.
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Cody Fox was fire chief at New Hope Volunteer Fire Department in Tennessee
Cody Fox was fire chief at New Hope Volunteer Fire Department in Tennessee.

“He just loved her to death and that was his life,” Sanders said.

Marion County EMA also paid tribute to Fox in a Facebook post.

“Cody was an integral part of the EMA (Emergency Management Agency) staff in Marion County, always ready, always willing to serve,” the agency wrote.

Cody Fox was remembered as a "great guy" who "always put his family first."
Cody Fox was remembered as a “great guy” who “always put his family first.”
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“His upbeat attitude, his willingness to learn, and without a doubt the politest young man I have ever known, will be greatly missed.”

His fiancée, Hayle Anderson, was also in the car, but survived the crash, The Chattanoogan reported.

She remained over the weekend in the intensive care unit, according to the South Pittsburg Mountain Volunteer Fire Department in Tennessee.

Cody Fox's fiancée Hayle Anderson was injured in the accident, but survived.
Cody Fox’s fiancée, Hayle Anderson, was injured in the accident, but survived.
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Emergency personnel work at the accident site as smoke rises from the wreckage after about 18 vehicles slammed together on a rain-drenched Alabama highway during Tropical Storm Claudette.
Emergency personnel work at the accident site as smoke rises from the wreckage after about 18 vehicles slammed together on a rain-drenched Alabama highway during Tropical Storm Claudette.
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The wreck also claimed the lives of eight kids in a van from a youth home for abused or neglected children, authorities said. Their identities have not been released.

The county coroner said the vehicles on the wet road Saturday likely hydroplaned as Tropical Depression Claudette swept through the region.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it has launched an investigation into the crash in coordination with the Alabama Highway Patrol.

With Post wires



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