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Remembering Riley: The Iconic 9/11 Dog Hero

As we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, eleven years ago, we want to take this time to acknowledge all the wonderful canines who helped with rescue missions especially a dog named Riley.

Unfortunately, Riley passed away on February 26, 2010. Riley lived a good life with his Dad, Chris Selfridge, and the entire family for a little more than 13 years.

He is one of the most famous dogs of Sept. 11 because of this photo taken of him at the World Trade Center site a few days after the attacks. In the photo, Riley is in a basket being sent over a 60-foot-deep canyon to search the rubble of the North Tower.

A book entitled, Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue Dogs, details the stories of Riley and 76 other handlers and their Search and Rescue dogs who responded at the World Trade Center & Pentagon following the terrorist attacks.

“Normally when we send a dog, the handler goes with him,” said Riley’s trainer and owner, Chris. “This time we decided it was more practical to just send the dog.”

Watch Riley in action.