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9/11 dogs given tribute for their selfless service

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | September 11, 2012 | Comments (4)

SAR dog rests during work at 9/11

Hundreds of Search and Rescue dog/human teams helped with rescue and recovery efforts during 9/11. Most of the dogs at ground zero have since passed away. A handful of surviving dogs are still alive.

Erick Robertson and Porkchop
Erick Robertson tends to Porkchop as he rests after several tireless days searching at the WTC. Photo: AP /Suzanne Plunkett

In 2011, on 9/11s 10th anniversary, a special parade was held in honor of these selfless dogs and their handlers. Several of the surviving dogs were in attendance and many search and rescue teams from across the United States came to honor and pay tribute to the dogs who steadfastly served the victims of 9/11. 

Debra Tosch and her search-and-rescue partner, Abby
Debra Tosch and her search-and-rescue partner, Abby at the WTC after the 9/11 attack

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Comments on this Article

What a beautiful tribute. Thank you to all the heroes.
Beautiful story....help in all it's unselfish, compassionate, caring forms..We owe a great debt of gratitude to ALL the amazing creatures who worked diligently and tirelessly during that awful time, those with 2 legs who could understand the tragedy unfolding and the 4 leg type that just knew what needed to be done instinctively...makes you realize that even in horrible man made madness, the majority of mankind is wonderful and dogs know this too!!! Thank You All..
thank you, thank you! Hero's.. true, unconditional, loyal, loving Saints.. we have Angels amoung us.. in all forms.. thank you!
AWESOME!! God Bless ALL our heroes!!
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