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New York City Police Dept. Patch
Resided: NY, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jun. 29, 2019
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 53 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: New York City Police Dept.
1 Police Plaza Path  
New York, NY   10038   USA
(646)610-5000
County: New York
Dept. Type: Municiple/Police
Hero's Rank: Detective
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Terrorism
Weapon Class: Biological
Agency URL: Click Here
Duties: assigned to bomb squad

Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: Twin Towers   New York, New York   USA   Tue. Sep. 11, 2001
Summary: Det. Luis Alvarez died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-one law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1st, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden

Disposition: 06/29/2019: Alvarez entered end-of-life hospice care last week, days after testifying in front of Congress alongside comedian Jon Stewart, about his health issues to ask Congress to extend the September 11th Victim's Compensation Fund for another 70 years.

Speaking before lawmakers, Alvarez described his upcoming chemotherapy appointment - his 69th round happening day after his testimony.

'You made me come down here the day before my 69th round of chemo, and I'm going to make sure that you never forget to take care of the 9/11 responders,' he said. 'We were there with one mission, and we left after completing that mission,' he said. 'I have been to many places in this world and done many things, but I can tell you that I did not want to be anywhere else but Ground Zero when I was there.'

'Now that the 9/11 illnesses have taken many of us, we are all worried about our children and spouses and our families if we are not here,' Alvarez added.

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