Alvarez's death was reported on Twitter by Chief Dermot F. Shea, the New York Police Department's chief of detectives, who said Alvarez's death was due to 9/11-related cancer.
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. https://t.co/utRphj7owx— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) June 29, 2019
In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack, Alvarez was charged with cleaning the area and picking through waste material. He was later diagnosed with cancer, and in June he underwent his 69th round of chemotherapy.
Alvarez, a former bomb squad detective, joined comedian Jon Stewart and other fire responders in Washington on June 11 asking lawmakers to fund the September 11th Victim's Compensation Fund in an emotional plea.
"I will not stand by and watch as my friends with cancer from 9/11 like me are valued less than anyone else because of when they get sick, they die," he told Congress.
Afterward, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill to extend the program's funding. The measure now heads to the full House, and if it becomes law, funding will be available until 2090.
Alvarez entered hospice care last week, where he continued to publicly advocate for the support of 9/11 first responders.
NYPD Detective Lou Alvarez died at peace knowing his life made a difference to others and will save lives in the future.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 29, 2019
He was a great man. My prayers go to his family, the NYPD, and all who loved him. https://t.co/anHtQyzt4A
Congress must honor the memory of Lou Alvarez and pass the Victims Compensation Fund without delay. Cannot allow Lou Alvarez to have died in vain. Det. Luis Alvarez R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/QFAopxFUHx— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) June 29, 2019
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