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NY Firefighter Dies From 9/11-Related Cancer

While he was still sick, Pfeifer was involved in lobbying to pass the Zadroga Act which, when passed in 2011, compensated victims who suffer from diseases due to exposure during recovery efforts

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    NY Firefighter Dies From 9/11-Related Cancer
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    A retired New York City firefighter who was among the first responders in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack has died from cancer, according to the Uniformed Firefighters Association.

    Ray Pfeifer, 59, had battled cancer for eight years related to working during 9/11, said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.

    While he was still sick, Pfeifer was involved in lobbying to get the Zadroga Act passed. The Zadroga Act was signed into law in 2011 and compensated victims who suffer from diseases due to exposure during recovery efforts.

    Mayor Bill De Blasio presented Pfeifer with a key to the city in a City Hall ceremony last year.

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    More than 1,000 people gathered at Ground Zero for a remembrance ceremony in honor of the victims killed 15 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. Loved ones read the names of each person killed in the attacks, many holding back tears as they talked about those who died. At the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., a U.S. flag was unfurled on the side of the building and President Barack Obama participated in a ceremony where he helped place a wreath at the site. Hundreds gathered in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, for a ceremony honoring the 40 passengers and crew members who died there.

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    "Even in his final act helping raise money for a wheelchair-accessible van to transport firefighters to and from hospital visits was selfless," said Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald in a statement.

    Pfeifer leaves behind a wife and two children.