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.