After Jon Stewart’s searing, emotional testimony in front of the U.S. Congress on behalf of 9/11 victims, first responders wanted to thank him for all his work.
Outside the hearing on Tuesday, retired FDNY firefighter Kenny Specht gifted the former “Daily Show” host with the bunker coat belonging to Stewart’s friend and former firefighter Ray Pfeifer.
Pfeifer died in 2017 from cancer related to toxins he was exposed to during the rescue efforts on 9/11.
“I don’t deserve this but I will treasure it like I treasure Ray and our friendship,” Stewart said, unable to fight back tears. “We’re going to do it today. Not just for Ray but all you guys and all the people that he was fighting for.”
Following Stewart’s testimony, the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to re-authorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, which funds health care and other services for survivors, those who worked on Ground Zero and others affected in the area.
The re-authorization bill will next go to the House of Representatives and then the Senate. It is expected to pass both houses before going to the president’s desk to be signed into law.