FDNY Recognizes Dog Who Changed Lives After 9/11

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The day that the world stopped is one we remember all too well. Those of us who were old enough to know what was going on on September 11, 2001 remember exactly where we were. I was sitting in my first period homeroom class during my senior year of high school, talking and laughing with my friends who knew that there was nothing going on in the world that didn’t revolve around us and our mark on the world that year. However, that all changed when we walked into our second period television production class. The news was on; the world fell silent and that moment in time is forever emblazoned into our memories – watching as the second plane hit the second tower, and as the first tower fell to the ground in New York City. It was a moment no one will ever forget.

The men and women of the New York City Fire Department were on scene. Their lives changed forever. Some are heroes and some died that day as a hero looking for survivors and helping the injured. Shortly after the twin towers fell to the ground, a dalmatian by the name of Twenty was gifted to the department. This beautiful dog brought hope and happiness to the station. Named after the heroes that were part of Ladder 20, the men and women who were first on scene who rushed to the floor where the plane made impact, Twenty commemorates the 7 men and women this family lost that day.

That’s when Rochester police gave the station this beautiful dog. In a time of grief and despair, sadness and fury, anger and hurt, this dog brought the men and women of Ladder 20 something that they lost that September day; hope. This dog lived with these men and women for the next 15 years, bringing with her happiness and love. Beloved by all, Twenty recently passed on. Her memory has made a lasting impact with the FDNY, and the station posted this beautiful photo of Twenty along with a beautiful message of love and respect.

Photo Credit – FDNY Facebook Page

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