Thread: 9/11 LODD-Canine Honored
04-26-2002, 02:51 AM #1
9/11 LODD-Canine Honored
Wednesday April 24, 2002
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (Reuters) - Bagpipes trilled
and a 21-gun salute sounded as police and firefighters from as
far away as San Francisco gathered Wednesday to honor
Sirius, the only police dog to die in the Sept. 11 attack on
the World Trade Center.
"We came to show our respects for a lost brother," said
Deputy Matt Cummings from Kanawha County, West Virginia. The
memorial ceremony was held in bright spring sunshine at Liberty
State Park, just across the Hudson River from where the twin
towers once stood.
Cummings and some 100 officers with K-9 dogs paused before
an urn holding Sirius's ashes to salute the four-year-old
yellow Labrador retriever, who lost his life in the basement of
Two World Trade Center.
The Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade
Center complex in New York's downtown financial district killed
nearly 3,000 people, including 343 firefighters and 23 police
The remains of the dog, an explosives detector at the World
Trade Center, were found Jan. 22 and ceremoniously removed,
draped in an American flag, by Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey police.
Port Authority police officer David Lim, Sirius' partner,
put the dog in his cage when the Sept. 11 attack began in order
to focus on rescue efforts. It's a decision he said he had
"grieved over but knew was for the greater good."
Lim was presented with Sirius' stainless steel bowl, found
by the FBI in the evidence search at Freshkills Landfill on
Staten Island and engraved with the dog's shield Number 17,
9-11-01 and "I gave my life so you may save others."
"It's something I'll cherish," Lim said tearfully.
Sirius was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross at the
British Embassy in Manhattan earlier this month.
Rest in Peace Sirius!
05-08-2002, 08:34 AM #2
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I've always wondered what happened to that poor dog, thanks for letting us know.
05-08-2002, 11:10 AM #3
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