Lou Alvarez Vows To Fight For 9/11 Responders Until His Final Breath

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A retired NYPD detective, who testified during an emotional Capitol Hill hearing about reauthorizing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund last week, is refusing to give up the fight even though his health has taken a turn for the worse.

Just a week after traveling to Washington to call on Congress to renew the fund, Lou Alvarez is now in hospice care.

The 53-year-old, who worked a bucket brigade at Ground Zero after 9/11, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer two years ago. After 68 rounds of chemo, his liver has completely shut down and doctors now say there is nothing else they can do.

But Alvarez is vowing to fight for 9/11 responders until his final breath. 

"As long as I have the strength to keep fighting and keep this in the spotlight, I'm going to keep doing it," Alvarez told WCBS 880's Peter Haskell on Friday.