Brother Of Late Luis Alvarez Keeps Family Memory Alive With 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Phil Alvarez (left) with his brother Luis Alvarez

Detective Phil Alvarez, the older brother of the late Luis “Lou” Alvarez, joins Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, a Long Island-based law firm specializing in 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claims, in the role of 9/11 Outreach and Education Director. In this role, Phil will be extending his brother’s legacy by working with the 9/11 community to ensure that the health and safety of first responders, survivors and their families are attended to.

Lou Alvarez, a retired NYPD bomb squad detective, became the face of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) bill after delivering passionate testimony to a congressional subcommittee the day before his 69th chemotherapy treatment. Although Lou passed away on June 29 from a 9/11-related cancer, one month before the Senate passed the bill, his presence and testimony helped ensure that the VCF will remain funded until 2090.

“I am honored to join an organization devoted to an important cause, one that my brother fought for in his final months” Phil Alvarez said. “The VCF’s permanent funding will help usher in the next chapter, and I will proceed with helping out those currently contending with, and those who, unfortunately, may become diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness.”

Prior to joining Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, Phil Alvarez worked for the Suffolk County Police Department as a detective, retiring in his 32nd year of service. He began accompanying his family and other 9/11 first responders and survivors to Washington, D.C. to attend the congressional hearings and Senate votes on the 9/11 VCF bill until it was passed by a margin of 97-2.

“We are excited that Phil will be joining our team,” said Daniel J. Hansen and Troy G. Rosasco, partners of Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, in a joint statement. “Eighteen years later, as individuals continue to face health complications from working, living or visiting the crash site area, raising awareness for first responders and other victims’ eligibility for healthcare and compensation remains the utmost priority.”

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—Submitted by Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP

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