9/11 first responder who testified at Jon Stewart hearing enters hospice

/ CBS News

Jon Stewart chokes up at hearing on 9/11 fund

New York — Lou Alvarez, a retired New York Police Department detective who testified in an emotional congressional hearing last week about reauthorizing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, has entered hospice care due to the incurable nature of his cancer, CBS New York reports.

"I'm still here and still fighting," Alvarez said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Hello everyone, “I’m still here and still fighting.” I just wanted to let you know, what is going on with me. Since you…

Posted by Lou Alvarez on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The fund was established nine years ago to provide health care benefits to first responders and others in the community with illnesses related to the 2001 terror attacks, but is running short of money.

Trending News

In emotional testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, comedian Jon Stewart at times broke down in tears, shouting at the lawmakers and calling them "shameful" as he implored them to re-up the fund.

Stewart, who's led the charge for permanent funding of the fund, scorched lawmakers s in a fiery speech on June 11.

Alvarez, who has stage 4 cancer, spoke about how medical support for himself and thousands of others was running out by 2020.

"I will not stand by and watch as my friends with cancer from 9/11, like me, are valued less than anyone else," Alvarez said.

Retried NYPD detective Lou Alvarez at House subcommittee hearing on reauthorizing 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund on June 11, 2019 CBS News

"This fund isn't a ticket to paradise, it's to provide our families with care," said Alvarez. "You all said you would never forget. Well, I'm here to make sure that you don't," Alvarez said to a room of loud applause.

Alvarez was set to begin his 69th round of chemotherapy the next day to treat the cancer he was diagnosed with after the World Trade Center fell.

But his Facebook post says those plans abruptly changed:

Hello everyone, "I'm still here and still fighting." I just wanted to let you know, what is going on with me. Since you have have been with me on this 3 year ride. I'm now in hospice, because their is nothing else the doctors can do to fight the cancer. It had nothing to do with my trip to DC, that was just coincidence. The day after my trip I was scheduled for chemo, but the nurse noticed I was disoriented. A few tests later they realized that my liver had completely shut down because of the tumors and wasn't cleaning out the toxins in my body and it was filling up with ammonia, hence the disorientation. So now I'm resting and I'm at peace. I will continue to fight until the Good Lord decides it's time. I will try to do a few more interviews to keep a light on our fight for the VCF benefits we all justly deserve. Please take care of yourselves and each other.- God Bless-Lou.
" Still here, still breathing, Still fighting".

It's the latest development in the ongoing health challenges facing thousands of first responders and other victims who were in and around the toxic pile left by the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

The day after the hearing, the full House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to support sick survivors and extend the fund until 2090.

Officials say more than 95,000 responders and survivors are now sick.

First published on June 20, 2019 / 6:47 AM

© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

retired-nypd-detective-louo-alvarez-at-911-fund-hearing-0619.jpg

Officer-involved shooting remains Buttigieg's biggest 2020 challenge

The shooting forces Buttigieg to navigate the dual roles of mayor and candidate at a critical time for both his campaign and the city

7M ago

Study: 1 out of 6 hospital trips result in "surprise" medical bills

A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that millions with solid coverage from large employers are exposed to "out-of-network" charges that can amount to thousands

12M ago

In South Carolina, Biden is Democrats' top choice

Most black voters choose Biden, but many are considering others, too

35M ago

Congressman's former intern hopes to defeat him in primary

Immigration lawyer Jessica Cisneros is looking to replicate the primary upset pulled off by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — but this time in a border district

1H ago

How to watch "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget

The series, hosted by Rocky Carroll, looks at some of the biggest cases handled by the real-life agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service

5H ago

Officer-involved shooting remains Buttigieg's biggest 2020 challenge

The shooting forces Buttigieg to navigate the dual roles of mayor and candidate at a critical time for both his campaign and the city

7M ago

Study: 1 out of 6 hospital trips result in "surprise" medical bills

A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that millions with solid coverage from large employers are exposed to "out-of-network" charges that can amount to thousands

12M ago

9/11 first responder from Jon Stewart hearing enters hospice

Retired NYPD detective Lou Alvarez tugged at hearts with his testimony on day before what was to be his 69th round of chemotherapy

14M ago

In South Carolina, Biden is Democrats' top choice

Most black voters choose Biden, but many are considering others, too

35M ago

Congressman's former intern hopes to defeat him in primary

Immigration lawyer Jessica Cisneros is looking to replicate the primary upset pulled off by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — but this time in a border district

1H ago

Iran shoots down American drone in "clear message" to U.S.

Tension in Mideast soars as U.S. and Tehran offer differing accounts of shoot down, and a missile apparently fired by Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen hits Saudi Arabia

updated 3M ago

Officials meet after reports of missile strike in Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Iran-allied Houthis said earlier they had struck a power station in Al-Shuqaiq city, in the Saudi province of Jizan, Reuters reported

5H ago

David Ortiz not the intended target of shooting

The former Boston Red Sox star is still recovering after he was shot in the back in the Dominican Republic

12H ago

"The most famous weapon in the history of art" sells at auction

Experts believe Vincent van Gogh shot himself with a revolver in a French field in 1890

13H ago

Family searching for man who disappeared in Mexico

Jessy Pachecho, who had just graduated from medical school in Mexico, was there celebrating when he disappeared June 15

13H ago

Janet Mock makes history with Netflix deal

Mock said she hopes the accomplishment, "will be a huge signal boost, industrywide, to empower people and equip them to tell their own stories"

6H ago

Highest-grossing movies of all time, ranked

What's the highest-grossing movie of all time? It might be one of your favorites

Jun 4 27 photos

Key piece of evidence missing in Kevin Spacey case

The young man and his parents "have searched all the places where such a phone may have been stored. They have not found the phone," said attorney

7H ago

"Avengers: Endgame" getting re-released with new footage

Marvel's massive box office smash might be able to beat James Cameron's "Avatar," which holds the all-time record with $2.788 billion

14H ago

Bella Thorne fires back at Whoopi Goldberg for shaming her

"Shame on you, Whoopi," Thorne said, after Goldberg said she should have known better than to take nude photos

15H ago

City pays $600,000 to hackers who seized its computer system

Cyberattack blocked 911 dispatchers from logging calls, as a growing number U.S. municipalities are taken hostage

14H ago

Bitcoin price hits 1-year high on boost from Facebook's Libra plan

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts see Facebook's move into digital money as "the catalyst everyone's been looking for"

22H ago

Why Facebook is minting its own currency

Social media company, no stranger to controversy, is diving into the brave new world of virtual money

Jun 18

Google commits $1 billion to ease housing crisis in the Bay Area

CEO Sundar Pichai said the internet company will pave the way for 20,000 new homes in the region over the next decade

15H ago

Meet Facebook's Libra, a digital currency for the social network

The company is partnering with big names like Visa, Mastercard, Uber and Spotify to create a new global cryptocurrency

Jun 18

Spy satellites show glaciers losing ground to climate change

Declassified spy satellite photos lead scientists to some startling conclusions

17H ago

Hundreds of dead dolphins on Gulf Coast leave scientists perplexed

Almost 300 dead and dying dolphins have washed up on the shores of four Gulf Coast states – three times the usual number

23H ago

Starving polar bear wanders into Siberian city looking for food

Hundreds of miles from where it should be hunting, emaciated bear seen poking around on industrial estate for food

Jun 19

Bear killed in Oregon after officials say it became too friendly

The bear had become "habituated" or accustomed to the area after people left food for it

Jun 18

Sled dogs slog through meltwater on Greenland ice sheet

"Challenging conditions" for researchers collecting instruments used to measure sea ice brought on by "very warm conditions" in the Arctic

Jun 18

Study: 1 out of 6 hospital trips result in "surprise" medical bills

A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that millions with solid coverage from large employers are exposed to "out-of-network" charges that can amount to thousands

12M ago

9/11 first responder from Jon Stewart hearing enters hospice

Retired NYPD detective Lou Alvarez tugged at hearts with his testimony on day before what was to be his 69th round of chemotherapy

14M ago

Driving while high: Offenders don't think they'll be arrested

AAA says in the last 30 days, almost 15 million drivers got behind the wheel within an hour of using marijuana

13H ago

Trump vows to cure cancer and eradicate AIDS

"We will push onward with new medical frontiers," President Trump said at his campaign kickoff rally

17H ago

How endometriosis interferes with pregnancy and disrupts women's lives

The disease impacts an estimated ten percent of women during their reproductive years

22H ago

Fed wary of economic clouds, but leaves rates unchanged

Central bank officials say the economic outlook is increasingly uncertain — and signal their readiness to cut rates

10H ago

Harassment allegations slide since Harvey Weinstein accused

The number of highly publicized accusations of sexual assault or misconduct is down sharply, "#MeToo Index" shows

12H ago

Cracker Barrel cancels church event over pastor's LGBT execution remarks

The restaurant chain said it disagrees with pastor Grayson Fritts' statements of hate and divisiveness

14H ago

City pays $600,000 to hackers who seized its computer system

Cyberattack blocked 911 dispatchers from logging calls, as a growing number U.S. municipalities are taken hostage

14H ago

Wall Street ends higher after the Fed's hold-steady decision

Investors took the central bank's decision and revised outlook in stride, without reacting extremely one way or the other

14H ago

How to watch "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget

The series, hosted by Rocky Carroll, looks at some of the biggest cases handled by the real-life agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service

5H ago

Probe of airman's murder uncovers deception, fraud, witchcraft

"I had never seen a crime that appeared to be as violent as this one," said NCIS Special Agent of the murder of Tech. Sgt. Curtis Eccleston

5H ago

Key piece of evidence missing in Kevin Spacey case

The young man and his parents "have searched all the places where such a phone may have been stored. They have not found the phone," said attorney

7H ago

"My Little Pony" casket donated for Maleah Davis' funeral

Her lovingly decorated casket reminds the world who is at the heart of the tragic story: A little girl

8H ago

The Enemy Within

Real-life NCIS agents team up with Air Force investigators to solve the murder of an American airman in Japan, leading to a dark, twisted path of deception, fraud and witchcraft.

5H ago 42:27

NASA to land 1st woman on moon as part of Artemis mission

NASA's project aims to bring human beings back to the moon by 2024

Jun 16

NASA spots "Star Trek" Starfleet logo on Mars

Hopefully, it finds some aliens sporting Vulcan salutes next

Jun 14

Earth approaching "meteor swarm" eyed in past impact

Scientists hope to study the Taurid meteor shower closely, in hopes of better predicting the risk of a future impact

Jun 12

SpaceX launches 3 Earth-observation satellites

The three Radarsat satellites will monitor resources and the effects of climate change across Canada

Jun 12

Jupiter's largest moons visible with binoculars in June

NASA has a message for space lovers this month: Look up

Jun 11

Photographer Dave Engledow, the "World's Best Father"

He calls himself the "World's Best Father," and he's got the pictures of himself and his daughter, Alice, to prove it

Jun 16 16 photos

Forbes: World's top 20 billionaires

Forbes has updated their billionaires list, detailing the richest people around the world.

Jun 13 21 photos

Tony Awards 2019: Red carpet looks from your favorite stars

See Broadway stars walk the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards

Jun 9 39 photos

Jayme Closs case: Recently released evidence photos

At Jake Patterson's sentencing hearing, prosecutors showed a select few evidence photos to the court and asked that Patterson be sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Jayme Closs' parents and the 13-year-old's kidnapping

Jun 8 14 photos

Summer music 2019

It's summertime – time for music at festivals and venues across the country

Jun 8 58 photos

Popular

Sneak peek: Defending DJ

Inside a family’s mission to restore their son’s reputation seven years after he was fatally shot by a police officer. CBS News special correspondent James Brown reports Saturday, June 22 at 10/9c on CBS.

16H ago 03:37

Key piece of evidence missing in Kevin Spacey case

A man who says Kevin Spacey groped him at a Nantucket bar cannot find the cellphone he has been ordered to turn over to the defense, the accuser's attorney said Wednesday. A judge has ordered it to be turned over by Friday. CBS Boston's Cheryl Fiandaca reports.

7H ago 01:22

SCOTUS to weigh in on Census citizenship question

The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on the 2020 Census citizenship question. Having the Supreme Court make final decisions on things that should be settled in Congress is a threat to democracy, according to CBS News legal analyst Kim Wehle. She joined CBSN to discuss.

8H ago 06:11

2020 Democrats criticize Biden for comments about segregationists

Former Vice President Joe Biden was defiant Wednesday despite criticism from his fellow Democratic presidential contenders about comments he made about working with segregationists. Washington Post political reporter Michael Scherer, USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page, CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns and CBSN political contributor and Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright join "Red & Blue" to discuss Wednesday's 2020 political news.

8H ago 17:49

6/19/19: Red and Blue

Biden backlash over segregationist sen. remarks; UN: 'Credible evidence' in Khashoggi killing

8H ago 47:40