Mourners pack Queens church to honor Det. Luis Alvarez, a Ground Zero hero killed by cancer

Retired NYPD Bomb Squad Detective Luis Alvarez was laid to rest today.

Detective Alvarez, 53, became famous in the last month of his life for his powerful speech before Congress pleading for the reauthorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which is slated to run out next year without action on Congress’ part, report Larry McShane and Elizabeth Keogh for the New York Daily News. Despite being scheduled for his 69th chemotherapy treatment for his site-related cancer, he went to Washington and tried to make the politicians see.

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