The Canine Heroes of 9/11: Dogs at Ground Zero



Image: Photo by Andrea Booher/ FEMA News Photo

FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue teams search for survivors amongst the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

It’s been nine years since the tragedy of the 9/11 attack but people from all over the world remain touched by the images of Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs digging through the Ground Zero rubble to find survivors. About 400 dogs were deployed at the former World Trade Center. It was the largest deployment of dogs in the United States’ history. Approximately 80 of those dogs were FEMA-certified.


Image: Photo by Andrea Booher/ FEMA News Photo

Thunder searches through the rubble for victims.

This picture was taken on September 21, 2001, at Ground Zero, the former World Trade Center, which rescue workers dubbed “The Pile.” Kent Olson and his dog, Thunder, from Lakewood, Washington searched through the ruins for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Look at the sweet dog’s face – it was a true hero.

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