Ray Pfeifer was one of the thousands of firefighters who worked for months on the toxic pile at ground zero following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Six years later, he was diagnosed with renal cancer.

Along with NYPD officer James Zadroga and NYPD detective Luis Alvarez, Pfeifer led the battle
to lobby congress for permanent funding of the September 11th Victim Compensation Act.

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Pfeifer didn’t live to see President Donald Trump sign the bill into law on July 29, but his family attended the ceremony in Washington.

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Ray Pfeifer turned the loss of 9/11 into a mission. A foundation was created in his honor to help first responders and their families with expenses not covered by insurance. His message of giving back and paying it forward lives on.

Rob Serra of the Ray Pfeifer Foundation joined CBSN New York to talk about the organization set up in his memory.

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For more on how to help, www.TheRayPfeiferFoundation.org.