Alvin Suriel Death – Cause of Death: FDNY EMS assistant chief, Alvin Suriel died from World Trade Center-Related cancer on Tuesday, authorities announced.
He becomes the 264th member of the FDNY to die from an illness related to the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack. Alvin Suriel began his career with FDNY in 2005.
“Al Suriel spent three decades providing pre-hospital emergency medical care throughout our city. He saved an untold number of lives in his time as an EMT and Paramedic, and through his inspirational leadership in our bureau of EMS,” Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said.
“He was there for New Yorkers on September 11th, he was instrumental in our Department’s extraordinary response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and he administered outstanding care to every single patient who ever called for his help. His dedication to duty was immeasurable and his loss is a painful blow to our entire Department.”
Chief Suriel most recently served as Assistant Chief of EMS Operations, the first Hispanic member ever appointed to this rank. He was promoted to the position in May 2019.