Mayor Offers Posthumous Key To City To NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez
Jul. 2–Retired NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez, who became the face of the city’s ailing 9/11 first responders before his death last week, will posthumously receive the key to the city, Mayor de Blasio announced Monday.
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“This city can never repay its debt to Detective Lou Alvarez,” the mayor said in a tweet Monday afternoon. “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.”
Alvarez, 53, lost his fight against cancer linked to the 2001 terrorist attacks, his family announced Saturday.
His funeral is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, Queens. A wake is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Towers Funeral Home in Oceanside, L.I.
Alvarez traveled to Washington in February, a little more than a week after the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund’s special master announced it was running out of money and slashed future payouts by at least half.
Though he was seriously ill, Alvarez returned to Washington with Stewart on June 11.
“I should not be here with you, but you made me come,” Alvarez told the House Judiciary Committee. “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 … It is my goal and it is my legacy to see that you do the right thing for all 9/11 responders.”
The House is expected to vote in July to permanently extend the fund.
Alvarez’s fellow responders carried his detective’s shield to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last week in hope of pressuring him to advance the legislation.
McConnell pledged he would act on the bill before August. ___
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