Effort Underway To Rename LI Park In Honor Of 9/11 Hero Lou Alvarez

Marta Zielinska
August 29, 2019 - 11:41 am
Lou Alvarez

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OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- There's an effort underway to rename a Long Island park in honor of 9/11 hero Lou Alvarez.

The retired NYPD Bomb Squad detective became the face of the battle for a renewed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, testifying before Congress just weeks before his death.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has now filed a resolution to rename Terrell Avenue Park in his hometown of Oceanside to Detective Luis G. Alvarez Memorial Park.

"This park will serve as a symbol and reminder of his sacrifice and unwavering fight for 9/11 first responders," Curran said in a statement. "We hope his family, friends and the community will enjoy this tranquil neighborhood space dedicated in his honor."

It must first be approved by the Nassau County Legislature.

"The outpouring of love and respect for Lou continues to be overwhelming to us all. Lou was a very strong man and protector of family, friends and strangers. However, equally as important was the time he had to himself to quietly think and reflect," his family said in a statement. "To have this beautiful meditation and reflection park in his hometown of Oceanside for adults and children to enjoy, is truly an honor to the legacy of Luis Alvarez as well as the entire Alvarez Family."

Newsday reports the park is about an acre in size and has a line of benches overlooking a stream. It's located at Terrell and Atlantic avenues.

Alvarez, who spent three months working a bucket brigade in the World Trade Center rubble after the 2001 attacks, died in June after a three-year battle with colon cancer. He was 53.