Phil Alvarez continues fight of his late brother, Oceanside resident retired NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez

Phil Alvarez, elder brother to retired NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, whose statement to Congress days before he entered hospice care did much to pass the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, is continuing his brother’s fight to care for those with World Trade Center-related illnesses.

Now that the VCF has established a “look-back period” during which those who missed the deadline to apply for funds can reapply, Alvarez is making sure that those exposed to WTC toxins can get the help they need.

“For me personally, it’s just another way that I can fulfill my brother’s legacy of finding these victims and making sure that they’re taken care of,” Phil told Mike Smollins for the Long Island Herald.

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