You are reading

Funeral for 9/11 Responder Luis Alvarez to Take Place in Astoria Wednesday

Luis Alvarez when he was a NYPD detective (left), and while testifying before congress last month (right). His  death was announced by his family (Facebook)

July 2, 2019 By Shane O’Brien

A funeral will be held in Astoria on Wednesday for a 9/11 first responder who played a significant role in the ongoing fight for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Luis Alvarez, a former NYPD detective, died of colorectal cancer in hospice on Saturday at the age of 53.  His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, located at 21-47 29th Street.

Alvarez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Astoria, attributed his cancer to the three months he spent searching for victims following the 9/11 attacks.

The former detective has deep roots in Queens. He graduated from Immaculate Conception School, as well as from Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in East Elmhurst, before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He then joined the NYPD in 1990, where he was assigned to the 108th Precinct in Long Island City. He was later transferred to the Narcotics Division and then promoted to be a detective

Alvarez, who is survived by a wife and three sons, appeared before Congress last month alongside former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart in an attempt to get lawmakers to extend the 9/11 victim compensation fund, which is slated to end in 2020.

Beneficiaries of the fund could see their payments cut by over 70 percent next year if the fund isn’t extended. Alvarez reminded Congress of its purpose when he spoke before the House Judiciary subcommittee on June 11.

“This fund isn’t a ticket to paradise, it’s to provide our families with care. You all said you would never forget. Well, I’m here to make sure that you don’t.”

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduced a bill in February that would extend the fund for decades. The bill has languished since, although it was voted out of committee and Senate leader Mitch McConnell said it would go to the floor for a vote in August.

Mayor Bill de Blasio gave thanks to Alvarez for his service and announced that the first responder would be awarded with a posthumous key to the City

“This city can never repay its debt to Detective Lou Alvarez,” de Blasio tweeted. “It will be my honor to award him with a posthumous Key to the City as a symbol of our profound respect and gratitude for his service and sacrifice.”

email the author: [email protected]

15 Comments

Maren

Rest in peace. Thank you for your sacrifice. The heroes will live in the heart of this city.

9
11
Reply
Tyronne Fauntleroy

RIP detective your service wont be forgotten “faithful unto death” . God speed marine.

31
31
Reply
Donna Parlatore

God bless you, thank you for all your services to this country. Rest in peace.

21
21
Reply
Josie Graziano

Detective Alvarez you are a true Hero. Sending our deepest condolences to your family.

19
19
Reply
Andrew Sudol

Thank you Det. Alverez
Let us all trust in the Good Lord Jesus and lean not to our own understanding. Thank You again.

36
51
Reply
DEBRA Farley

Thank you Detective Alvarez for your Services and bless you R.I.P. 💙

37
37
Reply
Therese Landato

God bless you, thank you for all your services to this country. Rest in peace.

42
42
Reply
Never Left Astoria

Thank you Det. Alvarez and your family for your service. Your commitment to the safety of all New Yorker’s will never be forgotten. RIP

45
45
Reply
Never Left Astoria

How could anyone thumbs down these statements? What’s wrong with society ?

43
43
Reply
Gardens Watcher

Det. Alvarez made a big difference with his life on this planet, and should be honored and respected, especially for his efforts for all 9/11 first responders.

Ignore the thumbs down idiots. They don’t have a life.

24
48
Reply
Greatful pensioner

Unpatriotic worms thumbing down a great guy and cop and marine. Disregard them. The keyboard warriors of the coffee shops have no life

19
24
Reply
Sheila K

God bless Det. Alvarez. You will never be forgotten.
May you’re soul be at rest. You were the finest and will always be respected in forever memory.
Forever grateful.

10
20
Jon

I think it is because people are “God Blessing” him when clearly God did not bless him or he would not have died a slow death from cancer.

18
9
Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News