On September 11th, 2001, the World Trade Centers fell from a terrorist attack.

On that fateful day, many have lost their lives.

But on the flipside, heroes were born. Silent, but still vary valiant heroes.

Search and rescue dogs were vital in finding the remaining survivors.

This dog did save a life, but was not a search & rescue dog.

Meet Roselle.

Roselle was a service dog, mainly eye seeing dog, to computer sales manager Michael Hingson who worked at the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower.

On that fateful morning if 9-11-2001, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the other side of the building, 18 floors above where he was.

Today, Michael is alive to tell his story, thanks to Roselle.

The yellow lab calmly guided Michael down 1,463 steps out of the building. As the debris fell and dust billowed, Roselle found a subway station and led them both underground to safety.

She saved my life.

While everyone ran in panic, Roselle remained totally focused on her job.

While debris fell around us, and even hit us, Roselle stayed calm.

Roselle, unfortunately, died in June at the age 13, but her heroism is not forgotten and was awarded the Inaugural Hero Dog Award:

What an awesome story. Bring tear to my face.

Even though I would personally like to see every dog that served on 9-11, as search dog or not, get a medal of honor, but unfortunately that’s not the case.

Today, we raise our hats (and our pet’s paws) to give thanks and respect to the wonder dogs that risked their lives to help us in our time of grave need.

God bless everyone and every pet that gives us unconditional love.




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