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Luis Alvarez, 9/11 first responder who testified before Congress, dies

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(WCMH) – Luis G. Alvarez, a former New York City detective who testified before Congress earlier this month and pleaded with lawmakers to extend health benefits to police officers, firefighters and others who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has died.

He was 53.

Alvarez died from complications of colorectal cancer, a disease that had been linked to the three months he had spent at the World Trade Center towers after the terrorist attacks.

His family announced his death on Facebook.

Courtesy of Matthew McCauley’s Facebook

Alvarez had appeared earlier this month with Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress for failing to ensure that a victims’ compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money.

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