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Not All Heroes are People


James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the
World Trade Center. He is blind so he has a golden retriever
named Daisy. After the plane hit 20 stories below, James
knew that he was doomed, so he let Daisy go, out of an
act of love. She darted away into the darkened hallway.

Choking on the fumes of the jet fuel and the smoke James
was just waiting to die. About 30 minutes later, Daisy
comes back along with James’ boss, who Daisy just
happened to pick up on floor 112.

On her first run of the building, she leads James, James’
boss, and about 300 more people out of the doomed
building. But she wasn’t through yet, she knew there
were others who were trapped. So, highly against
James’ wishes she ran back in the building.

On her second run, she saved 392 lives. Again she went
back in. During this run, the building collapses. James
hears about this and falls on his knees into tears. Against
all known odds, Daisy makes it out alive, but this time
she is carried by a firefighter. “She led us right to the
people, before she got injured” the fireman explained.

Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute
smoke inhalation, severe burns on all four paws, and a
broken leg, but she saved 967 lives.

The next week, Mayor Guiliani rewarded Daisy with the
Canine Medal of Honor of New York. Daisy is the first
“civilian” Canine to win such an honor.

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