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Ground Zero responder: Luis Alvarez deserves a key to the city

A Ground Zero worker on Monday called on Mayor de Blasio to honor the late Luis Alvarez with a key to the city for his emotional plea on Capitol Hill to replenish the fund for 9/11 victims.

“In 2015, when we got (the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund legislation) passed and two years ago when we lost Ray Pfeifer, who was the face of the movement back then, I asked New York City and the mayor to give Ray the key to New York City,” John Feal said on CNNs “New Day.”

“So Im asking Mayor de Blasio to give Luis the key to New York City,” he added.

Alvarez, a retired NYPD bomb squad detective, died Saturday at age 53 from complications of colon cancer linked to the time he spent at Ground Zero.

Mayoral spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said she was “looking into” the issue but did not immediately comment about Feals call to Hizzoner, who is campaigning with other Democratic presidential hopefuls in Chicago at the Rainbow Push Coalitions Annual International Convention.

Alavarez appeared recently with comedian Jon Stewart before a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing for an extension of the fund for cops, firefighters and other first responders who became ill after working at the World Trade Center site.

Feal, the founder of the Fealgood Foundation who also has advocated for the funds extension, said Monday that “we got to remember and honor (Alvarezs) legacy and not let his passing be in vein.”

Pfeifer, who died in 2017 from cancer linked to the time he spent at Ground Zero, was ho

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