In this undated photo provided by the New York City Police Department, NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez poses for a photo. The former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund died on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Alvarez was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016. He blamed his illness on the three months he spent in the rubble of the World Trade Center's twin towers after the 2001 terrorist attacks. He was 53 years old. New York Police Department via AP)

Funeral scheduled for detective who fought for Sept. 11 fund

July 01, 2019 - 10:32 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A funeral will be held Wednesday for a former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund.

Detective Luis Alvarez appeared with former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart last month to plead with Congress to extend the compensation fund.

Alvarez, who died Saturday of colorectal cancer, was admitted to a hospice within days of his testimony.

His funeral will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.

Alvarez spent three months in the World Trade Center rubble after the 2001 attacks.

Researchers continue to study potential links between responders' illnesses and toxins from the cleanup.

The bill to replenish the compensation fund that provides health benefits to those responders passed a congressional committee unanimously.

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