These Photos Of 9/11 First Responders Break Our Hearts, But They Also Make Us Damn Proud
Micah, a German Shepherd from Connecticut, rests under the shade of a dog biscuit box in a firehouse opposite the World Trade Center after a 20-hour day spent searching fruitlessly for survivors amidst the wreckage of the former World Trade Center. (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
March 8, 1935: Death of Hachiko. Hachiko was an Akito dog adopted by a professor at the University of Tokyo, who became a symbol for steadfast loyalty when he continued to wait for his master at the train station every day -- for 9 years after the professor's death. Articles about the remarkable loyalty of the animal helped to repopularize the breed, which had dwindled to only 30 purebreds in Japan. His story is primarily known to Westerners through the 2009 Richard Gere movie, "Hachi".
Retrieved • The Search-and-Rescue Dogs of 9/11--| Charlotte Dumas succeeded in tracking each of them down, visiting and photographing the dogs at their homes throughout the U.S., where they all still live with their handlers. Dumas’ powerful portraits in a thoughtfully designed paperback volume offer an intimate view into the everyday lives of these highly specialized working animals, now sharing the vulnerability of old age as they once pursued a common heroic goal.
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