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Sirius the Yellow Labrador at 9/11

I want to launch this attempt at honoring heroic dogs on this day. Ten years after the attacks on the United States I can think of no better moment to start writing on these companions dogs, working dogs, street dogs and nameless strays who have saved others without hesitation for their own life in danger. I hope to honor what will be remembered as infamous in the history of the world, as well as a day of marked, bravery , courage and heroism. We saw the worst aspects of humankind and the best aspects of humans and yes dogs working together to rescue, recover and heal the wounds drawn by the terrorist attack in New York, on Flight 96 and the Pentagon.

I will dedicate  most of this months posts to the 9/11 search and rescue dogs.

For this first entry, I would like to honor Sirius the only dog to perish in the attack on the World Trade center. Sirius was a Yellow Labrador assigned to bomb detection at the World Trade Center his handler and companion was officer David Lim. The officer had left Sirius in his kennel to go to the emergency situation on the first tower hit. At the time he was not sure what had happened thinking it was a bomb however he thought the safest place for Sirius would be in the basement of Tower Two where his kennel was and freed the officer to attend to rescue in Tower One. Consequently David Lim was buried in the rubble and found 5 hours later. Thr bond between Officer David Lim and Sirius was very true; “We were very close; no matter where I went, he went. Whatever I asked him to do, he did. He never complained. Sometimes we’d be working for long hours, searching hundreds of cars or trucks, and he’d just look at me like, ‘What do you want me to do now?’ “.Sirius body was not found until January 22nd 2002. Officer David Lim rushed to be there for his fallen partner. All machines were silenced as Officer Lim carried his companion draped in the Flag of the United States and Sirius was given full police honors, His promise to his companion, fellow officer was fulfilled.

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