Nassau County dedicates new park to NYPD detective who died of 9/11-related cancer

Luis Alvarez
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A new park on Long Island has been dedicated to a former NYPD detective who died of 9/11-related cancer last year.

Nassau County officials broke ground on the Detective Luis G. Alvarez Memorial Park in Oceanside on Monday.

Alvarez, who spent three months after Sept. 11, 2001 assisting with recovery efforts at Ground Zero, died of colorectal cancer last June at the age of 53.

Weeks before his death, Alvarez and former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart appeared before Congress together, urging its members to extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

“Alongside the Alvarez family, today we broke ground on the transformation of Detective Luis G. Alvarez Memorial Park in Oceanside, to mark what would be his 55th birthday,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran tweeted.

Alvarez lived less than a mile from the new park.

“I am honored to dedicate this park in his honor — to serve as a reminder of his sacrifice, unwavering fight for 9/11 first responders, and a tranquil neighborhood space, designed by his family, for all to enjoy,” Curran added.