by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub:
NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, 53, died on Saturday, a fighter to the end. Just a few days before, he testified before Congress, bringing an impassioned plea for them to replenish the 9-11 Victims’ Fund. He testified with celebrity Jon Stewart at his side. Detective Alvarez was part of the NYPD Bomb Squad, and one of the first to begin climbing through the rubble of the Twin Towers on that fateful day in search of survivors. He was there for three months. That act of heroism ultimately cost him his life. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday.