Shortly after midnight Wednesday, retired NYPD detective Luis (Lou) Alvarez in a black shirt, posted a touching update regarding his health situation. He’s holding a green beer bottle, rocking sunglasses and a huge smile.
The man in the image deeply contrasted with the message from social media: Alvarez, suffering from cancer for at least three years, revealed he was now in hospice care.
Alvarez sat next to comedian Jon Stewart last week as the former “Daily Show” host passionately berated lawmakers in Washington, D.C., for failing to properly help Sept. 11, 2001, first responders who have suffered in the 18 years since 9/11. Alvarez missed his 69th round of chemotherapy to instead travel to D.C. to address legislators to fight for funding increases for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
“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,” said Alvarez, according to the report.
He is a former U.S. Marine and NYPD bomb squad detective who reportedly has “10-44” — NYPD radio code for a suspicious package — tattooed on his hands.
The NYPD detective who retired after a 20-year career in 2010 added he’ll try to do more interviews to “keep a light on our fight for the VCF benefits we all justly deserve.” He closed his message by telling folks to take care of themselves and each other.