9/11 first responder former NYPD detective Luis Alvarez sacrificed his own life to save countless American lives on that fateful day. Earlier this month, Alvarez testified before lawmakers pleading them to fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation’s Fund.
“You made me come down here the day before my sixty ninth round of chemo and I’m going to make sure that you never forget to take care of the 9/11 first responders,” testified Alvarez.
Now, Alvarez is battling against a stage IV cancer. He never made it to that last round of chemo therapy because doctors detected liver failure. Still, Alvarez cares about others in situations similar to his and is still speaking out and fighting for what he says is justice.
Alvarez is spending his final days in hospice care with family by his side. Despite this, the 9/11 hero spoke with Fox News’ Shephard Smith Thursday to send one final message to Congress.
“I’ve been blessed. I got sick 16 years after the fact,” said Alvarez.
Alvarez accompanied by one of his three sons David who is 29 years old.
“I’m leaving them without a father, and there’s plenty like me. Like I said, I’m not special. There’s plenty of guys like me,” explained Alvarez.
At his weakest moment, Alvarez appeared a warrior for the cause and humble.
“I’m nobody special, I did what all the other guys did and now we’re paying the price for it,” said Alvarez.
His final ask, however, was for Congress to provide longterm funding for the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund.
“We did our job, Congress has to do theirs,” said Alvarez. He is truly a forever hero.