Who Is Luis Alvarez (Former NYPD Detective) Wiki, Bio, Age, Wife, Children, 9/11, Testimony, Cancer, Death
Luis Alvarez Biography
Luis Alvarez was a former NYPD detective who became a prominent fighter for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. He was among the 9/11 first responders and as a result of working at Ground Zero after 9/11 he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He died on June 29, 2019, as a result of cancer.
Luis Alvarez Age – Luis Alvarez NYPD Age
Luis was 53 years old at the time of his death; he was born in 1965 in Havana before his family moved to Queens.
Luis Alvarez Wife – Luis Alvarez Family
David was married to Laine Alvarez. He was said during an interview that he doesn’t enjoy testifying — it takes a toll on his health and it upsets his wife. He, however, said he believed it was important testifying.
Luis Alvarez Children – Luis Alvarez Sons
Luis was a father to three children; David 29, Tyler 19 and Ben 14. During an interview with Fox’s Shepard Smith Luis talked about how troubled he felt that he was to leave his children without a father.
“It’s not fair — I’ve been blessed. I got sick 16 years after the fact. This is my son, David. He was 11 years old on 9/11. He’s 29 years old now. And I’m leaving him without a father. I also have two other sons, Tyler and Ben, who are 19 and 14. And I’m leaving them without a father,” he said. “And there’s plenty like me. Like I said, I’m not special. There’s plenty of guys like me. Okay? I got sick 16 years after the fact. And there’s workers out there who say, ‘this isn’t going to happen to me. I’m okay. The time has passed.’ The time doesn’t — is not going to pass.”
Luis Alvarez NYPD – NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez
Alvarez was a former US Marine who went on to work as a narcotics cop in Queens, New York. He was then transferred to the bomb squad towards the end of his time with the NYPD. He retired from the NYPD in 2010 after a 20-year career on the police force.
Luis Alvarez 9/11
Luis was an NYPD detective during the 9/11 and he was among the first responders. He spent weeks working at Ground Zero after 9/11, first searching for survivors of the attack, and then serving on the so-called “bucket brigade” to try and locate remains of NYPD and FDNY officers who died in the attack.
As a result of working at ground zero he developed liver cancer. He had been an avid fighter for the 9/11 victim bill, which would permanently reauthorize the fund until 2090 to account for all adult and child victims of the 2001 terror attacks.
The bill passed through the House Judiciary Committee, following testimony from Stewart and Alvarez, and is expected to pass overwhelmingly in the House, with 322 co-sponsors now signed on. The bill also gained support in the senate. There are now 45 co-sponsors for the bill, including 11 Republicans.
Luis Alvarez 9/11 Testimony
On June 11, 2019, Luis Alvarez and Jon Stewart, the former host of “The Daily Show” were among those who testified at a House Judiciary subcommittee. They were making an appearance on behalf of reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for those suffering from illnesses related to their time at Ground Zero.
Here is what Luis said;
“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Luis Alvarez and I’m a retired NYPD detective on the bomb squad and a proud military veteran. Less than 24 hours from now, I will be starting my 69th round of chemotherapy. Yeah, you heard that correct. I should not be here with you, but you made me come. You made me come because 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.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had 68 rounds of chemo. Yeah, you heard me right. Sixty-eight rounds. Many others haven’t had the opportunity to have five and some have had none. Their families would love to have time with them, and mine have time with me because I have been lucky enough to have the pain and suffering of 69 rounds of chemo and countless other treatments and surgeries.
It is my goal, and it is my legacy, to see that you do the right thing for all 9/11 responders. Please, understand that we are not here for anything for ourselves. We became police officers, firefighters, paramedics to help others. We went to Ground Zero, the Pentagon, Shanksville to help people first and help their families bury someone or something. We were there for one mission and we left after completing that mission.
I have been to many places in this world and done many things, but I can tell you that I didn’t want to be anywhere else but Ground Zero when I was there. We were part of showing the world that we would never back down from terrorism and that we could all work together. No races, no colors, no politics. Now that the 9/11 illnesses have taken many of us and we are all worried about our children and spouses and our families if we are not here. VCF has done a wonderful job and treated my family with greatest respect. But my life isn’t worth more than the next responder to get cancer. My family needs are not worth less than any others who have already died.
This fund is not a ticket to paradise. It is there to provide for our families when we can’t. Nothing more. You all said you would never forget. Well, I’m here to make sure that you don’t. 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 responders. Thank you for your time.”
Luis Alvarez Cancer
Luis was diagnosed with colorectal cancer after working at Ground Zero after 9/11. During his appearance on the house committee on June 11 he revealed that his 69th round of chemotherapy scheduled for the very next day.
On June 19 he revealed through his Facebook page that he was entering hospice care as he was undergoing liver failure there was nothing more that doctors could do to fight against his cancer.
He posted a photo of him while he was health and captioned; “I’m now in hospice, because their is nothing else the doctors can do to fight the cancer. It had nothing to do with my trip to DC, that was just coincidence. The day after my trip I was scheduled for chemo, but the nurse noticed I was disoriented. A few tests later they realized that my liver had completely shut down because of the tumors and wasn’t cleaning out the toxins in my body and it was filling up with ammonia, hence the disorientation. So now I’m resting and I’m at peace. I will continue to fight until the Good Lord decides it’s time. I will try to do a few more interviews to keep a light on our fight for the VCF benefits we all justly deserve. Please take care of yourselves and each other.- God Bless-Lou.”
Luis Alvarez Before Cancer/ Luis Alvarez Before
Luis Alvarez Death
Luis Alvarez died on June 29, 2019, after a battle with liver cancer. His death was confirmed by his family through a Facebook post.
“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. 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.”
Funeral For NYPD Officer – Luis Alvarez Funeral
On July 3, 2019, Alvarez was given a hero’s farewell at Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, Queens. During the funeral, his sister, Aida Lugo told the mourners that her brother was haunted by The Pile even hours before his death.
“I woke up to my brother attempting to get out of bed. He was coughing. He was agitated. He told me he had been walking and walking and walking. He wanted to sit in a chair. The nurse asked him where he was walking. … My brother responded, ‘I was walking to find first responders to make sure they get help.’ ”