Guide dog from 9/11 named American Hero Dog
Oct 4, 2011
Roselle, a yellow Labrador retriever guide dog, calmly led computer sales manager Michael Hingston out of his office on the 78th floor of the north World Trade Center Tower on the morning of 9/11 when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the other side of the building, 18 floors up.
The dog was awarded for her bravery in 2002, but was recently honored posthumously as an American Hero Dog by the American Humane Association, MSNBC reports. She died in June at age 13, but her blind charge, Hingston, will never forget her.
"She saved my life," Hingston wrote on the association's website, where Roselle was up against seven other finalists for the award. Visitors to the site voted for the dog they thought was most deserving of the award, and Roselle's heroism, as depicted by Hingston, took the cake.
"While everyone ran in panic, Roselle remained totally focused on her job," Hingson wrote of the fateful day. "While debris fell around us, and even hit us, Roselle stayed calm."
Guide dogs allow people who have no vision to function normally in society, according to Guide Dogs for the Blind, an organization that trains and connects service dogs to charges.