Ray Pfeifer, 9/11 hero, drops Isles’ ceremonial first puck

Ray Pfeifer, retired FDNY firefighter, dropped the ceremonial puck for the NY Islanders on April 2, 2016.

He doesn’t know who told the Islanders’ Hometown Hero initiative that he had worked at the site of the World Trade Center for eight months and now suffers from cancer of the kidneys, bones and brain. He did not let his illness stop him from traveling many times to Washington DC to beg Congress to reinstate the Zadroga Act after they allowed it to expire, forgetting all those sick from the attacks.

Pfeifer said to Laura Albanese of Newsday“It’s a good thing for the 9/11 community,” he said. “I know we’re 15 years out, but to be home with a hometown crowd and be able to say what happened on 9/11 — not to dwell on it, but to just remind people there are still people out there that are sick.”

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