A retired FDNY firefighter, and well known advocate for better health care for 911 responders, received the “Key to the County” today from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, along with a citation and outpouring of accolades from county legislators, at the onset of today’s legislative meeting.
Ray Pfeifer, 57, who grew up in Levittown and moved to Hicksville some time ago, is retired from Engine 40 Ladder 45 in Manhattan, where he served for 27 years. Pfeifer has also been a member of the Hicksville and East Meadow Volunteer Fire Departments.
He spent eight months working at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks and his subsequent diagnosis with stage-4 Cancer was linked to his time spent there.
County Executive Mangano said it was Ray’s “heroism, dedication and determination” in fighting for the Zadroga 9 /11 Health and Compensation Act, that resulted in the extension of the health care program until 2090.
“Ray Pfeifer’s exemplifies the true definition of a hero,” County Executive Mangano. “His tireless service and dedication, reminds us all to never forget the sacrifices made by the men and women who served at Ground Zero and continue to lose their lives or fight serious illnesses inflicted by terrorists.”
Despite his own battle with Ground Zero related illnesses, Pfeifer traveled to Washington DC to advocate for his fellow firefighters, and 9/11 responders, for an extension of the Zadroga Act. The Act is named after James Zadroga, a deceased NYPD Detective, and will insure health coverage for sufferers from Ground Zero illnesses.
Upon presenting Ray with the Key to the County, Mangano thanked him for his service.
Ray’s father was a volunteer Firefighter and his son Terence Pfeifer, 23 yrs. old currently serves as a member of the FDNY as an EMT.
On Jan 10, 2016 Ray also received a key to the City from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.