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For Release August 16, 2017

Statement from UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald on the Passing of Firefighter Robert Alexander

NEW YORK CITY – Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) President Gerard Fitzgerald issued the following statement following the death of Ret. Marine Engineer Robert Alexander from 9-11-related cancer:

“Today we mourn the death of one of New York City’s bravest. Earlier this week, we lost one of our brothers due to cancer caused by service at the World Trade Center site following the 9-11 attacks.

Ret. FF Robert Alexander – Bobby, as many of us called him - who initially started his career in the NYPD before becoming a firefighter, passed away on Monday.

Ret. FF Alexander is the 11th firefighter who has passed away due to a 9-11 related illness this year. This loss is particularly heartbreaking because Bobby’s dad, FDNY Lt. Raymond Alexander Sr., died of 9-11 related illness last year. And this is the first time, post September 11, 2001, where the 9-11 attacks have claimed the lives of two generations in a single family.

Bobby had a constant presence in Washington, DC during the re-authorization of Zadroga act. Even while battling his cancer, he would show up to rallies and events to highlight his sufferings.

Due to the devastating 9-11 attacks on our nation, numerous New York City Firefighters have been getting sick and dying in high numbers due to cancers and other diseases caused by breathing the toxic air at the World Trade Center.

Ret. FF. Robert Alexander’s death is a sad reminder that New York City Firefighters and other first responders continue to suffer from the aftermaths of 9-11. Nearly 16 years after the tragic event, 142 firefighters and fire officers have passed away due to 9-11-related illnesses.

His funeral will take place on Saturday at 11am in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

New York City and the country will never forget the sacrifices that Bobby, his father, and many more of our brave firefighters have made.

The UFA Executive Board and the entire union membership extends our heartfelt condolences to his family and to those he served with.”

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