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    Unhappy 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
    officers.
    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!


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    I've always wondered what happened to that poor dog, thanks for letting us know.

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