Robert Alexander, 43, died this week of cancer related to his service at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Uniformed Firefighters Association.
His death follows that of his father, Raymond Alexander, who about nine months ago died of cancers also tied to ground zero, said Ginger Alexander.
Ginger, the mother of Robert and wife of Raymond, spoke proudly of the men in her family, pointing out that "Robert is a third-generation fireman. His grandfather, his father and him -- 80 years (of service) all together."
Now, the Alexander family hopes that Robert and Raymond will be remembered for their big bravery -- and for their big hearts.