By Amy Freeze
Sunday, June 10, 2018 08:47AM
NEW YORK (WABC) — Ray Pfeifer of the FDNY spent decades as a firefighter, then six months at the World Trade Center. He was diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer.
He spent the last years of his life ensuring care for those affected by 9/11 illnesses.
Now, a year after his death, a plaque hangs in his firehouse just blocks from the Eyewitness News studios to recognize his ultimate sacrifice.
He was a first responder who lived to help other first responders.
Ray did not die on 9/11, but everyone at Engine 40, Ladder 35 who was on the job that day did. Some say Ray’s purpose was different.
“177 members of this department now have been buried from 9/11 related illnesses in addition to the 343 we lost on that day,” said FDNY Chief James Leonard.