Former NYPD detective and 9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez dies at 53, just two weeks after his appearance in Congress along with John Stewart and demands more compensation for the heroes on Ground Zero
A 9/11 responder who received a standing ovation earlier this month when pleading with Congress to top up the September 11 victim fund died after a three-year fight against cancer, his family revealed on Saturday.
The retired detective of NYPD, Luis Alvarez, 53, gave his last interview on June 20 shortly after he revealed that his diagnosis of colorectal cancer in advanced stages had caused his liver to fail, leaving him dead for days.
Alvarez was diagnosed with the condition in 2016, with doctors linking the disease to the three months he spent at Ground Zero, looking for survivors and staying among the rubble.
His family announced death in a heartbreaking Facebook post, considering time as & # 39; a blessing & # 39; and him & # 39; a warrior & # 39; called.
& # 39; Please think of his words: & # 39; Please take care of yourself and each other & # 39;, & # 39; his family insisted.
& # 39; We told him at the end that he had won this fight by sharing the many lives he had touched by his three-year fight. He was at peace with that, surrounded by family. Thank you for giving us the time we had with him this time, it was a blessing. & # 39;
Retired NYPD detective, Luis Alvarez, 53, died on Saturday after complications caused by his diagnosis of colon cancer in the gut, relatives revealed on Saturday
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