Funeral set for detective who fought for 9/11 compensation

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police detective who fought until his final days for the extension of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund is being remembered with a funeral service in Queens on Wednesday.

The ceremony for 53-year-old Detective Luis Alvarez will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria.

Alvarez died Saturday after a three-year battle with colorectal cancer. He attributed his illness to a three-month period he spent digging through rubble at the World Trade Center’s twin towers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In June, Alvarez appeared before the House Judiciary Committee with former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart to deliver a passionate plea for a bill that would extend health benefits for Sept. 11 first responders. The bill passed the committee unanimously and awaits a full House vote.

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