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(Episode #75) From 9-11: A Secret Service Agent’s Tale of Survival & Dogs That Worked at Ground Zero.

Published: 09/03/2020
Dan Hugues with his dog

Full Show Notes for Episode 75 – A replay show from September, 11, 2018.

Intro Timestamps: 00:00 – 00:58

Segment One: 01:00 – 34:50

First, Dan Hughes, a former secret service agent for the United States was reporting to work at one of the towers on 9-11, 2001 when it collapsed.  Listen to his story about his experience and survival and how that led him to want to work with dogs. He is currently the co-owner of  Dogs for Defense, a company of detection dogs that sniff out drugs and bombs.

Segment Two: 34:51 – 52:30

Then, there were numerous search and rescue dog teams that worked at the World Trade Center on 9-11.  I’ll share a few of the stories of these dog heroes.

See photos of the 9-11 search and recovery dogs spoken about in the podcast, at the companion blog for this episode.

Additional Resources for the Episode.

Below is Dan Hughes, the former secret service agent who survived 9-11 and then became a dog handler working with explosive detection dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Dan, currently, is the co-founder and chief officer for Dogs for Defense, a company that provides working dog services for around the world.

Dogs For Defense Website.

Dogs for Defense Facebook Page.


Dan Hughes.

Source for stories about the search and rescue dogs: Dog Heroes of September, 11th: A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue dogs, by Nona Kilgore Bauer.