Ray Pfeifer, beloved FDNY firefighter and Zadroga Act crusader, loses battle to cancer at 59 

Ray Pfeifer, a well-loved FDNY firefighter who fought for benefits for his fellow World Trade Center recovery workers from a wheelchair while battling stage-4 cancer has died of his illnesses at the age of 59, report Thomas Tracy and James Fanelli of the New York Daily News.

Pfeifer spent, in his own words, “27 years, 220 days and nine hours” as a New York City fireman, and was an instrumental part of the passage of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, making 14 trips to Washington despite his own pain to persuade recalcitrant politicians to vote for the act.

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