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Funeral Held For Ray Pfeifer, FDNY Firefighter And 9/11 Responder

Craig Ruttle
Comedian Jon Stewart pats the shoulders of retired FDNY firefighter and Sept. 11 first responder Ray Pfeifer after Pfeifer was given the key to the city in New York on Jan. 9, 2016. Pfeifer passed away earlier this week. His funeral was held on Friday.

Firefighters from around the country attended the funeral for Ray Pfeifer in Hicksville on Long Island. Pfeifer was a retired New York City firefighter who became a leading advocate for 9/11 health care.

Pfeifer died on Sunday at the age of 59 after fighting 9/11-related cancer for eight years.

Comedian Jon Stewart recalled senators who tweeted “Never Forget” yet refused to look at Pfeiffer in the eye as the two lobbied for the renewal of the Zadroga Act.

“Make no mistake, Ray Pfeifer died in the line of duty because of illness in the terrible terrorist attacks of 9/11, but more importantly Ray Pfeifer lived in the line of duty.”

Pfeifer dug through the rubble at Ground Zero for eight months after the attack to recover victims. 

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