Raymond Pfeifer


Age: 59

retired New York City firefighter who spent months digging through debris after the September 11 terror attacks, then became a key voice in fighting for health care for first responders while wracked with late-stage cancer himself, and who was among those who lobbied for the renewal of the Zadroga Act, which provides health benefits to first responders who fell ill after the attacks in 2001, but they went to Congress in 2015 to challenge lawmakers to extend health monitoring and treatment for 9/11 first responders when the Congress ultimately did reauthorize the program.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: February 6, 1958

Died: May 28, 2017

New York City, New York