Retired NYPD bomb squad detective Luis Alvarez, who battled cancer years after working at the scene of World Trade Center collapse, was memorialized Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Astoria, Queens.
Alvarez, a Ground Zero first responder who implored House lawmakers to reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, died last weekend in Rockville Centre, N.Y., at age 53.
“As one of my brother’s beloved previous partners once shared with me, ‘Louie was the quietest man I worked with but in the end he made the most noise,’” said his sister Aida Lugo in her eulogy.
For as long as he was here, Lou Alvarez was “still breathing, still fighting.” And for as long as we’re here, we‘ll remember his valiance in the aftermath of September 11th, as well as his fight for all survivors. Never forget his legacy of tenacity & heroism. Fidelis ad Mortem. pic.twitter.com/Xl4heDjrjq
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NYPD’s Luis Alvarez, Resolute Champion for 9/11 First Responders, Dies at Age 53