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Father and Son, Both 9/11 First Responders, Die Months Apart of Cancer: ‘They Had the Job in Their Blood,’ Says Family

Robert Alexander, a 43-year-old 9/11 first responder, died on August 14 from a brain tumor doctors say was related to his work at Ground Zero. His death came just nine months after his firefighter father, Raymond Alexander, Sr., passed away after a 13-year fight with multiple cancers also believed to be linked to the attacks.

More than 3,700 first responders have been diagnosed with a collection of cancers tied to exposure to the carcinogens—such as jet fuel, mercury and 400 tons of asbestos—that were released into New York City’s air during the collapse of the towers. The Uniformed Firefighters Association said Robert and Raymond Sr.

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