In a Houston suburb at the age of 16, Bretagne (pronounced Brittany), a Golden Retriever and the last living 9/11 search-and-rescue dog was euthanized.
Two dozen firefighters honored Bretagne as they lined the sidewalk when she was brought into the veterinarian’s office yesterday. They then draped an American flag over her body as she was carried out of the building.
Watch as the firefighters give Bretagne a hero’s salute:
Bretagne and her handler Denise Corliss were deployed to the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack that brought down the Twin Towers. At two years of age, she spent 10 days searching the rubble for survivors.
Bretagne was also deployed to Hurricane Katrina and Rita. She finally retired at 9 years of age, but continued to give back to the community attending the Roberts Road Elementary school to help 1st graders read.
She was a Cy-Fair firefighter for her entire life and on her most recent 16th birthday, she revisited New York and the 9/11 memorial and even received a special key to the city to honor her service.
Bretagne showed true spirit and dedication to America working to rescue those lost in the disaster. She will be missed.
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