"I walked out of the Trade Center that first night with more respect than I'd ever had for (Bear). And I respected him more than anybody I know. I knew that I could always count on him. Every few years we need to remember that dogs are a man's best friend. And that they talk to us. They tell us what they need, but they also tell us what we need. And they'll protect us. And sometimes keep us safe." ~Captain Scott Shields, Handler of 9/11 SAR Dog "Bear"
Thirteen years ago.
Babies are now teenagers. Children are now adults. The new Freedom Tower stands at One World Trade Center. A museum has been built and is now filled with moments frozen in time honoring all those we lost, as memories will always fill the hearts of the families and friends of the victims lost on September 11, 2001. Among the heroes that day and the days following, are the four-legged ones: Search-And-Rescue (SAR) dogs who reported dutifully to the scene with their handlers and worked tirelessly doing the job they were trained to do. Today's blog post is a tribute to those amazing canines, their handlers, as well as all the first responders and volunteers who worked tirelessly in the effort to help others. We will always remember.
See SAR Dog "Bear" at work:
The National Disaster Search Dog Founation states on their website, "The Canine Memorial is at the heart of SDF’s National Training Center—a place to reflect, remember, and honor the heroic canines who gave a lifetime of service to their community and country. It is a place where the dogs’ handlers, the volunteers who recruited them, and their Guardians, Sponsors and supporters, can honor the memory of their very special canines. These dogs are the heart and soul of the Search. When they pass over the Rainbow Bridge, we are committed to honoring their legacy. Starting on September 10th, we will light up the Canine Memorial for 24 hours—our way of saying, “We Have Not Forgotten.”