Ray Pfeifer was a FDNY firefighter from 1987-2014 and a responder on 9/11/2001. He was assigned to Engine 40/Ladder 35 in Manhattan.
Ray was married to Caryn. His son, Terence, also works for FDNY and is assigned to Bronx Engine Co. 79. His daughter, Taylor, works with individuals with autism.
Ray grew up in Levittown, New York, and moved to Hicksville in 1989. He was at the World Trade Center after the buildings collapsed and worked there for months afterwards. In 2009, he was diagnosed with renal carcinoma with metastases to bones, lungs, and brain, a result of exposure to toxins while working at Ground Zero.
Ray was an advocate for the World Trade Center Health Program, 9/11 Health Care Bill/Zadroga Extension Bill with John Feal of the Feal Good Foundation, retired FDNY firefighter Kenny Specht, actor Jon Stewart, Congressman Peter King, and Senator Kristin Gillibrand. He traveled to Washington, DC, and New York City on many occasions to rally and try to educate senators and congress members on the need for the extension of this health care bill.
Ray Pfeifer passed away while in hospice care in Roslyn, New York, on May 28, 2017. A FDNY Family Assistance Van was donated in his name in April 2017.
The Ray Pfeifer Foundation raises money and donations for all 9/11 responders in need of medical equipment which is not covered by their insurance.