Recognition of the more than 300 search and rescue dog teams that risked their lives looking for any survivors at Ground Zero.
BEAR found both First Fire Commissioner William Feehan and Chief of Dept. FDNY Peter Ganci as well as many other victims who were buried in the rubble. Bear found more victims than any other rescue dog. He died a year later of cancer.
On Sept. 11, amidst the darkness, emerged many human heroes. But there were also non-human heroes who stepped up that day and in the days and weeks to come. Bretagne was one of them. As the last surviving rescue dog from 9/11, she was honored with a 16th birthday celebration in New York City in 2015.
Bretagne died a few months ago in June of 2016.