Mayor de Blasio honors late Det. Luis Alvarez, presents family with Key to the City

Kimberly Dole
September 17, 2019 - 2:49 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio honored the late Detective Luis Alvarez on Tuesday by presenting his family with a Key to the City.

Alvarez was an NYPD Detective and 9/11 first responder who spent his last days lobbying with Congress to continue funding for other 9/11 first responders that became sick after working at Ground Zero.

"To the entire family, you shared Lou with this city," de Blasio said. "You shared him in a way we will never forget. He made this a better place. It's just a true statement that one person can do so much."

"We cannot repay you for all he did, but we can honor him in a way that few people have been honored in the history of this city because he belongs in that pantheon." De Blasio added.

Alvarez passed away last July at the age of 53 after a three-year battle with cancer, which he attributed to the three months he spent at ground zero in the aftermath of the attacks.

"Luis Alvarez was a man who showed up — for his family, for his city and for his brothers and sisters who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero and continue to fight 9/11-related illnesses. It was my honor to present his family with a Key to the City in recognition of his heroism." de Blasio tweeted.

Alvarez’s death came days before the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Act was signed.

Jon Stewart, who also spent his time lobbying on behalf of first responders was also present and said that despite his illness and failing health Alvarez was "Iron Man."

"His strength was so inspirational and gave us all a feeling of resilience," Stewart said.

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