Luis Alvarez – the detective & 9/11 responder at the New York Police Dept, recently lost his life to his cancer battle.
Luis Alvarez –the former police detect at the New York Police who recently became a champ for increasing the overall compensation as well as health benefits to the first responders of the 9/11, died due to his cancer battle. Luis had traced cancer due to several months he had spent cleaning the 9/11. At the time of his death, he was 53 years old.
While announcing Luis’s death, his family went on to declare Alvarez as a “warrior.” The family also noted that Alvarez had touched many lives. Alvarez also went by the name “Lou.” He was born in Cuba as he grew up in Queens. Professionally, he served in the Marines before taking a 2-decade stint with the Department of New York Police.
Alvarez’s Fight for 9/11 Compensation
Earlier in July, Alvarez sat in a meeting alongside Jon Stewart –the former host of Daily Show. During the meeting, he delivered a heart-wrenching testimony to the Congress for supporting new funding for the 11th Victims Compensation Fund of 9/11. The Compensation Fund is expected to run out of money by the time of December 2020.
Recently, Alvarez stated in a statement to Congress, that in a span of fewer than 24 hours from the interview, he would be serving his 69th round of chemotherapy. However, Alvarez was not able to receive the 69th chemotherapy. This is because before he could receive it, the nurse reported that he was disoriented and several tests revealed that his liver got failed.
The Sad Demise of Alvarez
Just days after, Alvarez got admitted to the Long Island hospice center. In his efforts, for compensating the fund, the House Judiciary Committee had voted unanimously. The full House has been expected to vote on the all-new funding the upcoming month.
The fund has been successful in claiming as much as 21,000 claims of around $5 billion worth from illnesses and injuries that are related to the terrorist attacks –including the 9/11. However, around 17,000 claims still remain pending as per the recent report of the fund. The family reported that NYPD Detective Lou Alvarez died at peace with the knowledge that his life had made a difference and will continue saving other lives in the future.