Mourners pack Queens church to honor 9/11 first responder Det. Luis Alvarez, a Ground Zero hero killed by cancer

In the final hours of his shortened life, heroic 9/11 first responder Det. Luis Alvarez was in hospice care when he spoke of the colleagues poisoned alongside him in the toxins of Ground Zero.

“He was agitated,” his sister Aida Lugo recalled in her Wednesday eulogy for Alvarez. “He told me he had been walking, and walking, and walking. … The nurse asked him where he was walking, and my brother responded, ‘I was walking to find the first responders to make sure they got help.’

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