Remembering the incredible story of hero dogs on 9/11

A number of the rescue dogs went on to be deployed in other disaster zones
A number of the rescue dogs went on to be deployed in other disaster zones

Basit MahmoodWednesday 11 Sep 2019 12:01 pm 4 – 5 minutes

While many remember the heroic efforts of rescue workers who rushed to save lives as the World Trade Centre collapsed on September 11, 2001, the stories of hundreds of dogs who helped people are not as well known.

From rescue dogs finding survivors, to people being saved in the burning building by guide dogs, as well as finding items of jewellery that could be reunited with victims’ families, thousands had their lives changed by a man’s best friend.

Today we remember their legacy and how many went on to be deployed to other disaster zones, as reported by the Dogington Post.


Apollo rushed to the scene of the attacks, along with his handler, Peter Davis and was the first search and rescue dog to arrive at the site.

The German shepherd nearly lost his life to flames and falling debris, but he managed to survive after falling into a pool of water, and continued working.

400818 04: World Trade Center Search and Rescue dog, Apollo, attends the New York Specialty Dog Show February 9, 2002 in New York City. Apollo was the first Search and Rescue dog on site after the collapse of the World Trade Center September 11, 2001 in New York. Apollo and his handler, New York Police K-9 officer Peter Davis, received the Langden Sarter award from the American Kenel Club (AKC). A check for $400,000 was given from the AKC to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for studies on the health affects of exposure to the World Trade Center site on dogs like Apollo. (Photo by George Best/Getty Images)
Apollo, attends the New York Specialty Dog Show February 9, 2002 in New York City (Picture: Getty Images)

He received the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, on behalf of the search and rescue dogs who took part in the rescue operations at the World Trade Center site and the Pentagon.


Trakr, a German Shepherd police dog, found the last survivor of the 9/11 attacks who had been trapped under the rubble for 27 hours.

Genelle Guzman-McMillan, an assistant with the Port Authority of New York, was on the 13th floor of the South Tower when it fell.

Along with handler James Symington, Trakr, found Genelle on the morning of September 12.

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Handler James Symington with rescue dog Trakr


Thunder, who was usually deployed in the Washington area to look for  victims and survivors of avalanches and possible drownings, was sent to search the rubble of the 9/11 attacks for victims.

395165 17: Kent Olson and his dog, Thunder, from Lakewood, Washington search through the rubble for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center September 21, 2001 New York City, NY. (Photo by Andrea Booher/FEMA/Getty Images)
Kent Olson and his dog, Thunder, from Lakewood, Washington search through the rubble for victims (Picture: Getty Images)


Bretagne was the last surviving search dog who worked on ground zero.

The golden retriever worked at the scene for 10 days along with her handler Denise Corliss, helping to find victims and carry out rescue operations.

She was also deployed in response to Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Ivan and many other disasters.

A life-size bronze statue of Bretagne, was unveiled in a Houston suburb that’s still feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

K9 Search Specialist Denise Corliss and her search dog Bretagne in Houston, Texas. Bretagne the last known living 9/11 search dog has died in a Houston suburb at age 16. Bretagne was 2 years old when she and her handler, Corliss, were part of the Texas Task Force 1 sent to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan after the terrorist attack brought down the buildings on September 11, 2001. This September 11, 2002, photo. (D Fahleson/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
K9 Search Specialist Denise Corliss and her search dog Bretagne in Houston, Texas (Picture: AP)

Coby and Guinness

The two Labrador retrievers, searched relentlessly through the rubble of the collapsed buildings, often for 12 hours during the night.

Both dogs found the remains of dozens of people and covered an area which went beyond the scope of anything they had been trained for.

Hero dogs of 9/11 - COBY & GUINNESS
Coby and Guinness would work 12 hour night shifts


Sage searched the rubble of the Pentagon, where she found the body of one of the hijackers.

It was not to be her only high profile assignment, and she was deployed to Iraq in 2007 to search for U.S. soldiers captured or killed by insurgents.

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Sage sniffed out the body of one of the terrorists


Jake was a stray dog who was rescued at only 10 months old.

He was helped back to health by his handler, Mary Flood, and was flown from Utah to New York to help in search and rescue efforts.

After being fed at a fancy New York restaurant to prepare for the gruelling task ahead, Jake worked for 17 days to look for victims.

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He went on to teach other dogs to follow in his steps by helping to train younger rescue dogs on how to track scents.

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Jake went on to train other rescue dogs

If you know of any hero dogs on 9/11? We’d love to hear your stories

Strength Forged Through Sacrifice – America Remembers

Susan Price 5 – 7 minutes

Most Americans over the age of 40 will never forget where they were and what they were doing during the 9/11 attack on our nation. September 11th, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist act in America, killing 2,977 souls at the New York City, World Trade Center, the U.S Pentagon, and the fatal United Airlines Flight 93 crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The terrorist attacks that reigned down on 9/11 include 2,606 within the World Trade Center and surrounding area, 125 killed at the U.S. Pentagon, 265 killed on the four planes, including terrorists, and 19 hijackers committed murder-suicide with a total of more than 6,000 injured.

The loss of life claimed 344 Firefighters; 71 Law Enforcement Officers within the World Trade Center and surrounding area, including another officer who died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA; 55 military personnel died at the Pentagon.

Of the 2,977 souls who met their tragic fate that day, 2,605 were U.S. Citizens, and 372 were non-U.S.citizens, involving more than 90 other countries, excluding the 19 perpetrators.

Let’s also not forget that this catastrophe impacted many thousands of innocent Americans who were diagnosed with cancer and chronic lung conditions from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero.

In addition, the by-product of war ensued through these very terroristic acts and claimed the lives of American military soldiers, marines, and contractors through; Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation New Dawn, which was composed of casualties occurring in the Arabian and middle east Seas; and Operation Enduring Freedom which was the war involved within Afghanistan.

>  US Department of Defense Casualty Status

Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, three warships were constructed and emerged from the very materials of the buildings, and civilians attacked on sovereign territory the morning of September 11, 2001. Through the years, the transformation of steel and grit, reformed and reshaped into the three Navy warships, serving as a symbol of the undying fighting American spirit named and dedicated after the locations of the 9/11 attacks.

The USS New York, USS Arlington, and USS Somerset, each ship was created with some of the material from the sites honoring those innocent victims, and first responders killed that tragic day that America will never forget.

The Warship named, The USS New York (LPD21) commemorates the 9/11 attacks through the spirit and motto of “NEVER FORGET,” this ship’s crest includes an image of the twin towers behind a rising phoenix. It honors the victims of the New York World Trade Center. The first ship was built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding at the former Avondale shipyard in New Orleans and delivered in 2010 was the first of the LPD17-class ships. It is fortified with 7.5 tons of steel built into the ship’s bow stem, salvaged from Ground Zero, and 684 feet long, costing more than one billion dollars.

>  On-board USS New York: The Ship Carrying The Memories Of 9/11 | Forces TV

“The significance of where the WTC steel is located on the 684-foot-long ship symbolizes the strength and resiliency of the citizens of New York as it sails forward around the world,” said Navy Cmdr. Quentin King, according to “It sends a message of America becoming stronger as a result, coming together as a country and ready to move forward as we make our way through the world.”

The USS Arlington (LPD24) was named in honor of Arlington County, Virginia, where American Flight 77 crashed into the west wall of the Pentagon. It was delivered in 2012 and was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries; the ship contains a “Tribute Room” fortified by a section of I-Beam and remnants of the crash site.

>  USS Arlington Commissioning Ceremony, April 6, 2013

The USS Somerset (LPD25) was named in honor of Somerset County, where the United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field when Americans fought so courageously against hijackers. This ship was constructed with 22 tons of steel in the ship’s bow, taken from one of two mining excavators present at the site at the time of the fatal crash.

>  9/11 Tribute Ship – USS Somerset

Americans are a strong and resilient people; we are redefined by the honor and valor of our many heroes who fought their way out of hell on that fateful day, September 11, 2001, at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and onboard United Airlines Flight 93.

This year as we bow our heads in prayer and celebrate the memory of the reverend souls whose names are forever etched in history, their stories will never be forgotten; they were the backbone of American culture, whether they were first responders, civilians, or military personnel.

God Bless the United States of America and all the families of the fallen tied to 9/11; let us learn from the apocalypse of tyranny and hold those accountable who challenge our sovereign way of life, whether they be foreign or domestic terrorists.

“The planes were hijacked, the buildings fell, and thousands of lives were lost nearly a thousand miles from here. But the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were an attack on the heart of America. And standing here in the heartland of America, we say in one voice…

We will not give in to terrorists;
We will not rest until they are found and defeated;
We will win this struggle, not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace;
So help us, God,” – Tom Harkin

3 Secret Service agents reveal what happened behind the scenes on 9/11


Nick Trotta, Tony Zotto and Eddie Marinzel worked closely with the president, vice president and the first lady on Sept. 11, 2001.

Sept. 11, 2021, 4:06 PM EDT / Source: TODAYBy Yi-Jin Yu

Following the 9/11 attacks, three key Secret Service agents — assigned to protect then-President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and first lady Laura Bush — sprung into action.

On the 20th anniversary of the attacks on Saturday, Nick Trotta, Tony Zotto and Eddie Marinzel shared their firsthand accounts with Weekend TODAY co-anchor and NBC News chief White House correspondent Peter Alexander.

At the time, Trotta was the assistant special agent in charge of the president’s detail, Zotto was a special agent in charge of the vice president’s detail, and Marinzel was the primary supervisor for the Secret Service on Air Force One.

From left to right, Tony Zotto, Nick Trotta and Eddie Marinzel speak with NBC's Peter Alexander.

From left to right, Tony Zotto, Nick Trotta and Eddie Marinzel speak with NBC’s Peter Alexander.TODAY

When Marinzel first heard the news of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, he had one prevailing thought in his head: “We need to move the president.”

Marinzel told TODAY, “We figured that if we got on Air Force One and went up, up into the sky, that we would be able to hide in the sky. The President was saying, ‘We’re at war and I need to be running this war from the Oval Office. I’m the commander in chief and that’s where I need to be.’

But what the former president wanted wasn’t what Marinzel considered was the safest option. “I thought, ‘No, we can’t do that, you know, we can’t take him into an unsettled area.

‘”Eddie Marinzel had to convince former President George W. Bush to stay on Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001.TODAY

Marinzel coordinated a plan with Andrew Card, who was President Bush’s chief of staff at the time. “I was again telling Secretary Card that we needed to go west, not go east. He was telling me that the president isn’t going to like that. So, as we got up, Andy said, ‘I want you to come with me when I go into the president’s office, but you have to tell him that he’s not going back to the White House now.

“And so I told him, ‘We can’t risk taking you there.’ And he said, ‘That’s where I want to go.’ I said, ‘Our job is to protect you. If they get you, game over,'” Marinzel recounted.Nick Trotta was with then-first lady Laura Bush on Sept. 11, 2001.TODAY

On that Tuesday in September 2001, Trotta recalled that then-first lady Bush was not just concerned about her family’s wellbeing but also concerned about the staff around her and their loved ones.

“We had made a decision and communicated that we’re going to move the first lady right here (to Secret Service headquarters),” Trotta remembered. “When I got here, the first lady had just arrived.”

He recalled the first lady asking, “‘Where are the girls? What’s going on? Barbara and Jenna (Bush’s twin daughters). And then she was asking, when can she speak to the president? She was very calm and she was inquiring how our families were. It gets emotional because, you know, we’ve got a job to do and when workers would come in, she would ask these agents and these administrative staff, ‘Is your family OK?'”Tony Zotto collaborated with both former Vice President Dick Cheney and former President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001.TODAY

Zotto first heard the new of the 9/11 attacks over a radio.

“Inbound plane to the White House. Get him down, get him down,” he heard the message coming in on the radio.

“I just started running,” Zotto recalled. “I ran into the office. He was gone. The V.P. was down below and knowing that he had heart problems before, I wanted to make sure that them running him down the stairs didn’t knock his ticker out.”

When Zotto caught up to Cheney at a secret bunker in the White House, he said he “didn’t look flushed or anything. He looked calm, cool.”



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Zotto remembers when the situation took a serious turn and the vice president ordered the takedown of one of the hijacked planes. “The military officer came in and he said, ‘Mr. Vice President, there’s a plane coming down the Potomac area, direction from Pennsylvania. It’s a hijacked plane, we need your authorization to take it down.’ And the V.P. said, ‘Is it a confirmed hijack?’ And the officer said, ‘Yes, sir. The FBI has confirmed it.’ He said, ‘Take it down.’ That was it.”

In the end, the U.S. military didn’t end up having to strike down any commercial planes that day but the decision still left an impact.

“It was surreal, you know, it’s just something that you don’t forget,” Zotto said.

Related:Yi-Jin Yu

Yi-Jin Yu is an editor and reporter for TODAY Digital and leads digital coverage for Weekend TODAY on Saturday mornings. She is based in New York City.


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Leopards on special this week: Get ’em while they’re fresh! – BEN TROVATO

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Dear Brian Roodt, Owner of Quality Hunting Safaris, Purveyor of Fine Animals,

I read in the Sunday Mirror that you have rhinos and leopards on special. That’s fantastic news. There’s a special on braai packs at my local Spar, but your deal sounds way better. I could do with a juicy leopard kebab right now!

You told the paper that the idea behind the promotion is to lure hunters back to Namibia. Windhoek must be overrun with animals since global travel fell off the back of the bakkie. Can I shoot them from my hotel window? More importantly, is the 20% discount just for overseas hunters or can anyone with a weapon take up your generous offer? I only have a speargun but if I can get close enough it shouldn’t be a problem. I might need help reeling in a buffalo.

You told the Mirror that hunting is vital if Namibian wildlife is to be protected from poachers. This makes perfect sense. I bet animals often run towards you begging to be shot by a decent, God-fearing white man rather than some swarthy heathen from Mozambique.

You also said the animals always have a chance of “escaping the sights” of the shooter. It’s very kind of you to give them that option. And those that can’t dodge a bullet fired from 500m away by a man disguised as a silwerbossie only have to outrun the Land Cruiser until it runs out of fuel. Can’t get fairer than that.

You say on your website that “leopard hunting is largely an exercise in patience and can last as long as 12 days”. That can’t be right. I’m not courting a woman, you know. I’d want to get in, shoot one in the face and be back in the bar for sundowners. Couldn’t you just tie one to a tree for me? Oh, right. You say you practice “ethical hunting”.

Actually, twelve days might not be so bad. I thought it involved walking. “This time is spent quietly waiting inside the pop-up blinds located near the bait drop.” Is the bait ethically sourced? Never mind. If you left the bait right outside the hide, we could just grab him while he’s snout down, bring him back to the lodge and kick him to death around the braai. Would something like that cost extra?

“If you have what it takes,” says your website, “bagging your monster tom will be an experience you won’t soon forget.” By “what it takes”, do you mean a good aim, a high-powered rifle or the requisite sociopathic tendencies? I love that you refer to a leopard as a “monster tom”, as if he’s some huge murderous ginger tomcat with an impressive set of testicles and a penchant for roaming the neighbourhood looking for fights and casual sex.

I do like the look of your rhino special. Even though your prices are only in dollars and euros, I have a good brain and with a little help managed to convert everything into rands. So, R337 000. I don’t know what this comes to after you factor in the 20% discount. I’m not that clever. Do you do returns? I might find my rhino has a grumpy face and then I’d like to shoot another at no extra cost.

I see the fee includes five days’ accommodation in the lodge. Are drinks included? I can easily finish off a quarter of a million rand’s worth of beer in five days and wouldn’t want to be charged for that as well.

Your leopard special is a bit steep at R366 000, but if it comes with chips and a complementary cocktail, I’m in. It would mean travelling to Namibia, though, so maybe not. At least the rhino special is available in South Africa.

My favourite, though, is your combo deal. I’m a big fan. When I go to a seafood restaurant, I always have the hake and prawn combo. Your hippo and croc combo sounds delicious. Do you pair it with Jägermeister? At R242 000, it’s a pretty good deal for these violent water-based creatures, even though a visually impaired toddler would be able to shoot a croc. It’s their own fault for being so lethargic. Would I be responsible for cutting off their heads and shipping them back to my place? I hope not. It looks like messy work.

Hold on, I see you also offer five of the Tiny Ten for R136 000. That’s R27 000 apiece for something small enough to fit into a Woolies bag. Now there’s a good deal! My speargun would be perfectly suited to reeling in a steenbokkie or two. This is definitely more my thing. No heavy lifting. A klipspringer will come right up to you and eat out of your hand. You could strangle him without even spilling your drink.

See you on the killing fields, boet.

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Following the findings, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said of the report that the “alarm bells are deafening” and the situation is a “code red for humanity.”

Meanwhile, Inger Andersen, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said the findings showed that “nobody is safe. And it is getting worse faster.”

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Just like a Hollywood set, Joe Biden is all façade and no substance.He’s a hollow man.

The Biden façade has been carefully crafted over decades by himself, his enablers, and the propaganda ministry.Before the last election, I was told by one of his supporters that he seemed like a “genuine and likable guy.”He’s just a normal guy from a working neighborhood in Scranton, with no pretensions and absolutely nothing elitist about him.

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