Exclusive: 9/11 First responder battling cancer receives wheelchair

Posted: 7:07 PM, Dec 06, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-06 19:07:34-05

Sal Turturici was an EMT on September 11th, 2001.

He spent months at the World Trade Center site working on recovery efforts. Two years ago he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer from his efforts in Lower Manhattan after 9/11.

“We’re really people out here, were not statistics. We’re not numbers. We are people who are trying to survive,” Turturici told PIX11.

Turturici received a new wheelchair Wednesday morning. It was the first donation from the Ray Pfeifer Foundation.

Ray Pfeifer was a firefighter, a first responder on September 11th, and he too was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

Pfeifer became friends with Turturici as both fought for health care coverage for sick 9/11 responders.

Pfeifer lost his battle with cancer and passed away in June.