Accession Number: C.2016.159.1
Credit Line: Gift of FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, FealGood Foundation A-Team member, and from all the people who assisted in getting the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act into law
Gold-plated key with black engraved text: “Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York,” with the municipal seal of the City of New York printed on the ornamental bow of the key.
The key is encased within a black–velvet lined box. Printed on the outside of the box is text: “Facsimile of key made in 1812 for the door of City Hall, New York.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presented this ceremonial key to retired FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer on January 9, 2016. Firefighter Pfeifer played a leading role in the grassroots campaign to ensure the passage of the Zadroga Act by meeting with lawmakers and telling them about his service at Ground Zero and his deteriorating health. In 2009, he had been diagnosed with a form of kidney cancer, one of the cancers linked to 9/11. To accept this key to the City, Pfeifer stood from his wheelchair.