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12/09/2015 09:07 am ET

This Powerful Image Shows Why Jon Stewart Is Fighting So Hard For 9/11 Heroes

Wow.

The Daily Show shared a powerful image from Jon Stewart's return earlier this week that shows just how vital programs offering aid to 9/11 emergency workers really are.

Retired FDNY firefighter and 9/11 first responder Kenny Specht on participating in a panel discussion for the Zadroga...

Posted by The Daily Show on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Stewart went back to his old stomping grounds to lobby for Congress to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which helps cover medical expenses for first responders now suffering from health problems likely caused by toxic substances in the air around Ground Zero in the days after the 9/11 attacks. He brought with him retired FDNY firefighter Kenny Specht, who first appeared on the show years ago as part of a panel of 9/11 first responders fighting for Congress to provide aid.

But three of the panelists who appeared with Specht on that first show didn't join Stewart Monday night.

"Five and a half years ago we did a show, 75 percent of the panel's no longer here," Specht said, noting two of the panelists are ill and one has passed away since the 2010 appearance.

You can watch Stewart and Specht on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" here.

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