Jon Stewart Joins NYC Mayor to Honor Sickened 9/11 First Responder

Jon Stewart Joins NYC Mayor to Honor Sickened 9/11 First Responder

Former FDNY firefighter Ray Pfeifer was awarded the key to the city by Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall on Saturday, January 9. Photo courtesy of the City of New York. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office.

Retired FDNY firefighter Ray Pfeifer, who suffers from stage 4 cancer, was part of a group who successfully advocated for the extension of health care to tens of thousands of first responders.

His efforts have been recognized by fellow 9/11 health advocates and the city of New York.

9/11 Memorial Board Member and former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart joined New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall on Saturday to honor the 57-year-old Pfeifer with a key to the city, according to the Associated Press.

Pfeifer, Stewart and John Feal of the FealGood Foundation, an advocacy organization for 9/11 first responders and recovery workers, were part of the group lobbying lawmakers that led last month to the extension of health monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 rescuers and first responders across the county until 2090.

“I was a very small part,” Pfeifer said in the AP report.

Staff from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum attended the ceremony.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff