September 11: Lost Heroes
By: Bobby V. Inman
September 11th or 9-11 will always be remembered by this generation. This is our D-Day, Pearl Harbor or When Kennedy was shot. This generation will remember this day as the day that changed the focus and lifestyles of the United States as well as Countries abroad. There have been countless books and movies about the events leading up to and as well as the tragic events that took place that day.
I had recently written an article for the upcoming 9-11 event and had a thought after I had sent it in to the Publisher. We as the American People have heard stories of the brave heroics of the Police, Fire, Civilians and First Responders. However, there are some Heroes that don’t get mentioned as much. That is the Search and Rescue K-9’s that helped locate survivors at the Twin Towers.
Sources within the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department and New York EMA, state that there were 100 Search and Rescue K-9s that were utilized at Ground Zero. In September of 2013, only 12 of these Search and Rescue Dogs remained alive. These K-9s helped find the victims and survivors of the terrible attack. They are the unsung heroes of this day.
Recently, we lost the last Search and Rescue K-9. She was getting old and was having problems getting around. Her owner decided to have her euthanized. There is a video on Youtube of the owner walking her into the Vet’s Office with two roles of Fire Fighters saluting her. After the process is done, She was placed in a flag draped coffin for burial.
From the CNN Website:
Last 9/11 rescue dog laid to rest June 7, 2016
(CNN)When it was time to say goodbye, she was given a hero's farewell.
Firefighters and rescue workers lined the sidewalk as her body, draped in an American flag, was carried out. Tears streaked down some faces.
Bretagne, believed to be the last surviving 9/11 Ground Zero search dog, was euthanized Monday.
The golden retriever was 16. Old age had slowed her down, and it was time to put her to sleep.
So this 9-11 when we are remembering the Heroes of that day, let’s not forget the furry Heroes that were there.
Thank you for your service.
Bobby Inman is retired from Full-time Police work. He currently works as a Reserve Deputy for the Colbert County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department as well as owning Hammer Down Gun & Pawn in Sheffield, Alabama. He has had articles published in Law & Order Magazine, Police Marksman Magazine, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine as well as several published ebooks on Amazon and Barnes and Noble (Nook). . He is the owner of Poopiedog, an Animal Rescue Dachshund, who is his constant companion.
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