in the vicinityVideo9/11 first responder shares a final message: Still breathing, still fighting
Luis Alvarez, the liver failure … and he is in hospice care after inhaling toxic dust at Ground Zero.
Hero 9/11 first responder and retired NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez gave his last-ever interview on “Shepard Smith Reporting” Thursday, sincerely ask Federal legislators to populate the 9/11 victims Fund.
Alvarez discovered he was in liver failure after completing his 69. Round of chemotherapy to approve on Wednesday and used his final interview, on behalf of the victims and their families.
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“I’m good. I’m comfortable with. I’m not in a lot of pain. I have my family around me and I’m in peace,” Alvarez-Smith said. He also said he has no remorse and was simply doing his job, on the day of the attacks.
“I have to delete no regrets — no regrets,” he said. “9/11 happened. We have been called. It’s my job as a NYPD detective to respond to emergencies. So, no hesitation. We went down, spent about three months to do the bucket brigade at the bottom, do the roof detail, trying to find remains. I did what every other FDNY, NYPD, EMS workers-all of them. I’m no one special. I did what all the other guys have. And now we are paying the price.”
Smith agreed with Alvarez, saying all of the first responders are special people to help because of their desire to try their fellow human beings in the most of the time. Alvarez responded by calling on Congress to act quickly to ensure the continuation of funding of the 9/11 heroes and their families.
He wrote on Facebook: “I will continue to fight until the good Lord decides its time. Please take care of yourself and others. Still here, still breathing. Still struggling.”
Comedian Jon Stewart, a strong supporter of the 9/11 first responders, publicly called on Sen. majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., he said he was going to let the funds disappear and almost run dry. McConnell replied Stewart says: “We have never failed to address this issue, and we will address it again. I don’t know why he’s all bent out of shape, but we care about the 9/11 victims compensation Fund.”
The 9/11 compensation fund is in danger, according to the Ministry of justice announced that it will cut payouts by up to 70 per cent, would hold in an effort by the Fund solvent for the future.
“We need this bill passed Shep, it must be passed quickly and efficiently, so that we never have time to come to Washington and lobby,” he said.
Alvarez also counted himself happy and said he was “blessed” lived as long as he did it, but he was sad to leave, and his young sons behind.
“It’s not fair-I have been blessed. I was sick for 16 years after the fact. This is my son David. He was 11 years old on 9/11. He is 29 years old now. And I’m going to him without a father. I also have two other sons, Tyler and Ben, who are 19 and 14. And I’m so that you without a father,” he said. “And there are many like me. Like I said, I’m nothing special. There are a lot of people like me. Okay? I was sick for 16 years after the fact. And since there are workers out there who say, ‘this is not going to happen for me. I’m okay with that. The time is up.’ The time seems not to be — not going to happen.”
“It goes on to more and more and more responders sick,” Alvarez. “And I want you to know that just because you are not sick, now, means you’re not sick would be. And you need to be covered. Fortunately, I have health, I got. But there are guys out there that don’t have it. There are many people who, in terms of going through the stress of the fight against cancer, they are also in the struggle with the financial burden of health care. And it is not right. You know, we served our city, our state, our country. And [we] should have to be compensated.”
Alvarez, the first said Responder service did that day, and now it is time for Congress to step up and do theirs.
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“We just want to be covered only the money to be there for our families, so that, God forbid, you are sick, you are. You have your health insurance, you have the VCS funds that will take care of their families-God forbid that they get sick and die. So, this is what I advocate. Okay? We did our job. To do Congress theirs has,” he said.
“We were told the air was safe down there, and it was not. But you know what, it doesn’t matter. Because we would have went anyway. Because that’s what we do. It is not a job for us. It is a vocation. Okay? So we would have, went, somehow, and that is what happened.”
He called the first responder issue an “epidemic” and predicted more forward will come in the near future with serious health problems.
“I’ll do what I have to do to see my brothers and sisters, they can’t get covered, the coverage that you need,” he said. “I want to all the first answer is to say, if you think it can’t happen to you, just take a look at me. Okay? Sixteen years later, I was sick. So, it is an epidemic. It’s more and more first responders to be sick. And our government has to take care of them. It is only a question of decency, a theme, to do the right thing. We have done the right thing, when we went down there. Now the government’s turn to do the right thing by us. Okay? Take care of the first responders who are sick. You will facilitate your life a little bit.”
“This cancer is exhausting. Not only to me, to my whole family. It was very stressful and we need to stress for first responders,” Alvarez added. “And you know not that you are not alone. The government is here to save you, to give you the support you need, the financial support you need to go to when they are sick. It is only a matter of time. You know, most of us were down there-it is only a matter of time until we are sick.”
Alvarez was asked what he wants to be his heir, and he said he wants to be remembered as an advocate for the 9/11 first responders throughout the country-not only in New York City.
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“I want to tell you that I have fought for first responders. And it is only the New York things are not. It didn’t just happen in New York,” he said.
“As a bomb technician, I traveled the country, training and with other departments. And I would talk with guys that were like, ‘hey, I have this cough. And I don’t feel well.’ And these are the guys from Arizona, New Mexico, California. When 9/11 happened, they all were. Because that’s what we do. Not only New York-throughout the United States. You all showed up.” So it’s not a New York thing. It is a country thing. There are guys in other States and other cities that are sick and do not understand why. And I want you to know that, hey, if you were down at ground zero … yourself checked out. Because you could be sick from ground zero.”