De Blasio, Jon Stewart Honor Cancer-Stricken 9/11 Responder - NBC New York

De Blasio, Jon Stewart Honor Cancer-Stricken 9/11 Responder



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    Comedian Jon Stewart applauds retired FDNY firefighter and Sept. 11 first responder Ray Pfeifer after Pfeifer was given a key to the city at New York's City Hall. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Jon Stewart joined New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Saturday to honor a cancer-stricken Sept. 11 first responder who helped win health care for those who worked at ground zero.

    De Blasio presented ex-firefighter Ray Pfeifer with a key to the city in a City Hall ceremony.

    Rising from his wheelchair, Pfeifer said that the legislation passed by Congress last month extends health care to tens of thousands of World Trade Center first responders.

    Stewart and Pfeifer spent weeks in the halls of Congress challenging lawmakers to vote for the legislation that extends federal health monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders through 2090.

    Stewart made sure politicians who balked at supporting the bill were named in the media. The former "Daily Show" host says he was a "wingman" to Pfeifer and other responders.

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