Retired NYPD Bomb Squad Detective First Grade and a leading champion for the re-authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Benefits Fund, Luis (Lou) G. Alvarez, 53, passed away after a three year battle with cancer stemming from his assignment at Ground Zero supporting the rescue and recovery effort of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Det. Alvarez is survived by his wife Lainie and three sons, David, Tyler, and Ben. Luis served his country in the USMC before serving his community as a decorated NYPD Detective and delivered a moving and crucial plea in Washington D.C. before a Congressional House Judiciary subcommittee meeting to replenish the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in his final days.
The “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund Act” was passed and signed into law exactly one month after his passing on June 29th, 2019 permanently funding the fund that assists 9/11 Victims through 2090.