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NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio presented Laine Alvarez, wife of the late Detective Luis Alvarez, and members of the extended Alvarez family with a Key to the City on September 17, 2019. Alvarez, a former NYPD detective, lead the charge to permanently extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund on behalf of his fellow 9/11 first responders. The legislation was signed into law this summer. Alvarez passed away in June after complications from 9/11-related cancer.
The Mayor was joined by John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism with the NYPD, John Feal, first responder and founder of the FeelGood Foundation, and Jon Stewart, television host and activist.
“Luis Alvarez was a portrait in courage. He never stopped fighting for his brothers and sisters who came to the aid of our city on our darkest days—even until the very end,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Today, we honor a life of extraordinary service, and pledge to never forget the sacrifices he made on behalf of his fellow New Yorkers. His legacy lives on in all of us.”