July 01, 2019 09:36 AM
BC-US--Sept 11 Attacks-First Responder Dies
Funeral scheduled for detective who fought for Sept. 11 fund
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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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