Did you know that over 200 dogs helped alongside the emergency personnel at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and the Land Fill where debris was taken? These dogs worked tirelessly to search the wreckage, bringing closure to families who had lost loved ones and offering comfort to the workers at the sites. In commemoration of the 20 year anniversary of 9-11 this is a replay of a conversation I had with Nona Kilgore Bauer, author of Dog Heroes of September, 11th. A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue Dogs. Ms. Kilgore Bauer tells stories of the individual dogs and how they were able to do the remarkable and dangerous work they did.
Here are the photos we spoke about during the podcast.
(Photographs courtesy of Dog Heroes of September 11th. Kennel Club Books)
One of the dogs from the 77 Search and Rescue Dog/Handler teams, Ms. Kilgore Bauer interviewed for the book.
Abby, the Labrador Retriever working in places people could not go.
Training – being lifted by a harness.
To keep the dog’s spirits up, handlers would have others hide so that dogs could find them.
Eager for reward for work well done.
Riley being transported by a stokes basket across a canyon 60-70 feet deep. (U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres. ) (RELEASED)
The Landfill, (name: Freshkills) where dogs sniffed painstakingly to find remains of every person to be identified and returned to family members.
Elena Lopez de Mesa with her dog Thea (4yr old)
Arlington, VA, September 14, 2001 — Gus, a rescue dog from Tennessee Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue team goes through decontamination after searching in the crash site at the Pentagon. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/ FEMA News Photo