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This yellow Labrador guide dog, Roselle, was with Michael Hingson, her blind companion, on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center North Tower on September 11, 2001. Amid the chaos that ensued when American Airlines Flight 11 was flown into the building, Roselle was able to lead Michael down the flights of stairs, as they'd practiced in fire drills. Once on the ground, Roselle was able to lead not only Michael to safety but many of his sighted coworkers who were blinded by the dust cloud cre...
Guide dogs Salty and Roselle were awarded a joint Dickin Medal "For remaining loyally at the side of their blind owners, courageously leading them down more than 70 floors of the World Trade Center and to a place of safety following the terrorist attack on New York on 11 September 2001."
The lesser known of New York's canine heroes, comfort dogs, such as this golden retriever, help soothe those affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Similar to search-and-rescue dogs, comfort dogs travel to disaster scenes to aid relief efforts. Studies show that people experience physiological changes—such as a drop in heart rate and blood pressure—when they pet animals.