Luis Alvarez Dies: 9/11 first responder and advocate, was 53

At the age of 53, Luis Alvarez, a responder to the 9/11 attacks who testified before Congress over the depleted Sept. 11 victims fund, has away. His family announced on Saturday that he had died following a protracted fight with cancer.

Alvarez, a retired detective from the New York Police Department, appeared in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee in Washington alongside comedian and former talk show presenter Jon Stewart. He requested that the nearly depleted September 11th Victim Compensation Fund be refilled.

Luis Alvarez “emphasised with blunt grace that future families stand not only to experience the stress of fighting these terrible illnesses, but that their struggles would be compounded by the unconscionable financial burden of trying to fund their healthcare,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said at Wednesday’s service, which Stewart also attended.

His oldest son, David Alvarez, remarked during the service, “Before he came an American hero, he was mine. “The one above all else I wanted to make proud.”

“Family members used to tell me as a child that I was just like my dad. He said, “I walk like him, I laugh like him, I smile like him, and I’m silent and unyielding like he was. Because I always looked up to my dad and aspired to be like him, I always took it as a complement.

His relatives sent a notice of his passing on Facebook. His family urged people to keep in mind his advice to “please take care of yourselves and each other.” “At the conclusion, we told him that he had won this battle because of the numerous people he had affected by sharing his three-year struggle. He was surrounded by relatives, and he was content with that. It was a blessing that you gave us this time with him; we are grateful.

In October 1965, Alvarez was born in Havana, Cuba. He has three sons during his marriage to Alaine Parker Alvarez. Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in Queens, New York, is where he received his diploma in 1983. Later, he pursued his education at City University of New York.

He joined the NYPD in 1990 and left as a detective in October of the same year.

Along with his siblings Aida Lugo, Philip, and Fernando, Alvarez is also survived by his parents, Aida and Felipe, Aida Lugo, and his sister.

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