I am dedicating my post today to Porkchop who crossed the bridge in 2012 and all the rescue dogs and trainers who are so brave.
We have received word that the last surviving 9/11 Search & Rescue Dog has died. Porkchop was only one year old when he heroically aided the search at Ground Zero.
After the World Trade Center attacks, 13 Search Dog Foundation teams were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help search for survivors. These teams offered hope in a world that felt somber and hopeless. Over the intervening dozen years, the dogs have passed away from old age. Porkchop was the last.
In this photo from 2001, Porkchop is comforted by Erick Robertson while receiving a dehydration intravenous treatment on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals mobile clinic just outside Ground Zero. Both have been working at the World Trade Center site since Sunday. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
For more information on the heroic search dogs of 9/11, see 9/11 Remembered: Honoring the Heroic Dogs
God Bless America!
Anne and Ziggy