Luis Alvarez Biography – Luis Alvarez Wiki
Luis Alvarez was a 9/11 first responder, former Marine and bomb-squad detective for NYPD.
Alvarez used his final days to speak up in support of reauthorizing the September 11 Victim’s Compensation Fund (VCF).
On June 11, 2019, Alvarez traveled to Congress and testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee, urging legislators to extend the fund.
Comedian Jon Stewart testified shortly afterward, chastising Congress for taking years to make the program permanent and condemning the legislators who failed to show up to watch the first responders’ testimony.
“You made me come down here the day before my 69th round of chemo and I’m going to make sure that you never forget to take care of the 9/11 first responders,” he said.
A day after Alvarez’s and Stewart’s impassioned testimony, the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to pass a bill restoring the VCF, which is set to expire in December 2020. In February 2019, the VCF office announced that $7.3 billion funding is running out and significant cuts would be made. The VCF has so far provided more than $5 billion to nearly 22,500 first responders, and estimates about $2 billion is left to process 21,000 claims that still need assessing. VCF would require an additional $4.6 billion, according to VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya, who also testified on June 11, in order to fund claims through December 2020.
Luis Alvarez Age
He was 53.
Luis Alvarez Wife
Alvarez was married by his wife, Alaine Alvarez.
Luis Alvarez Children
Alvarez had three children David, Tyler and Benjamin.
Luis Alvarez Family
Luis Alvarez’s parents were Felipe and Aida. He had two brothers Philip and Fernando; and a sister, Aida Lugo.
Luis Alvarez Cancer
Alvarez was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016. He blamed his illness on three months spent in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the attacks in 2001.
At Alvarez’s chemotherapy appointment the following day, medical providers determined that his liver was failing and causing disorientation. Alvarez decided to enter hospice care shortly afterwards.
Luis Alvarez Death
His death was announced on Saturday by New York’s chief of detectives Chief Dermot F. Shea. “He exemplified the NYPD motto, “Fidelis Ad Mortem” or “Faithful Unto Death.” Detective Lou Alvarez has lost his battle with 9/11-related cancer. An inspiration, a warrior, a friend—we will carry his sword.” Dermot Shea tweeted
Alvarez’s family confirmed news of his death on Facebook Saturday through a lawyer. “It is with peace and comfort, that the Alvarez family announce that Luis (Lou) Alvarez, our warrior, has gone home to our Good Lord in heaven today,” the statement said. “Please remember his words, ‘Please take care of yourselves and each other. We told him at the end that he had won this battle by the many lives he had touched by sharing his three-year battle. He was at peace with that, surrounded by family.”
New York City Police Department Commissioner James P. O’Neill additionally confirmed news of O’Neill’s death on Twitter.
“Our NYPD family & all 1st responders mourn as we remember retired NYPD Bomb Squad Det. Luis Alvarez, who passed this morning,” O’Neill wrote. “His strength — physical, mental & emotional — led us all, & we vow to #NeverForget him or his legacy — which was, simply, to have others do what’s right.”
Our NYPD family & all 1st responders mourn as we remember retired NYPD Bomb Squad Det. Luis Alvarez, who passed this morning. His strength — physical, mental & emotional — led us all, & we vow to #NeverForget him or his legacy — which was, simply, to have others do what’s right. pic.twitter.com/cwpsMQO2Sw
— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) 29 June 2019
Luis Alvarez Cause of Death
Luis Alvarez’s cause of death was 9/11-related cancer.