On September 11, 2001 the efforts of a few
evil people caused one of the worst tragedies on US soil. But the efforts
of many very wonderful and courageous people showed the world that the
US was not to be beaten in spirit. The police and fire departments were
the first on the scene and along with the police came their K9 force to
assist with search-and-rescue.
The article that follows is from the September
2002 issue of Readers Digest that we wanted to share with you. The story
is just one example of the countless ways that people all over the world
found to show their support for those involved in the search-and-rescue:
"Preparing to walk onto the green carpet for the Westminster Dog Show,
New York police officer Pete Davis felt a wave of emotion. America's most
prestigious dog show was breaking tradition to honor over 25 German shepherds,
retrievers and other breeds for their tireless work at the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon."
"The dogs and their handlers had come in from all over the country. As
they stepped into the center ring at Madison Square Garden, the announcer
detailed their search-and-rescue efforts in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
Officer Bobby Schnelle came with Atlas, the first canine on the scene of
the Trade Center disaster."
"(Pete) Davis brought Appollo, who was singled out last year for the American
Kennel Club's ACE award for law enforcement. On September 11, the day the
winners were supposed to be announced, he was instead called to duty. Caught
in the flames while walking on debris after the Towers collapsed, the shepherd
survived, and worked through the day."
"As the NYPD officers and their canines stood before the Westminster crowd
at Madison Square Garden, the whole arena of more than 10,000 spectators
got on their feet and cheered. The search-and-rescue dogs drew the biggest
ovation of the show."
-----BEN WALKER, Associated Press