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Chapel Hill firefighter loses fight with cancer months after wife's death

Posted July 13, 2020 9:03 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2020 9:10 a.m. EDT

In January, Jimmy Lambert was diagnosed with cancer. His diagnosis came just months after his wife heard similar bad news.

— The Chapel Hill Fire Department announced one of its members has lost his battle with cancer.

Jimmy Lambert, who talked to WRAL in Oct. 2019 after he was diagnosed with pleomorphic lyposarcoma, a rare cancer, died Sunday night.

Lambert's wife, Tracy, died of pancreatic cancer in 2019 months after his own diagnosis.

"It's been pretty tough," Lambert told WRAL News in November. "She was strong-willed and so have I been. We've got our own sense of humor, and that's what's gotten us through."

The Lamberts had two sons.

Lambert fought fires for 25 years.

According to the Chapel Hill Fire Department, Lambert also worked part-time with the City of Graham Fire Department as an engineer and volunteered for many years with the Cedar Grove Fire Department, serving as the assistant chief.

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