Firefighters give hero's farewell to last remaining 9/11 rescue dog (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Golden retriever Bretagne made her final journey just shy of 17 years of age with seven years of active duty to her credit.
In 2001, aged two, the newly certified FEMA Search and Rescue dog was deployed on her first ever mission to assist in the search and rescue operation following the attack on the World Trade Center. Accompanied by her handler Denise Corliss, Bretagne searched the rubble for 10 days looking first for survivors, and then remains.
#Bretagne #goldenretrievers yesterday the last surviving 9/11 search dog Bretagne was put to rest after 16 years of tireless service. She was given full honors as deserved. She worked to exhaustion sniffing through the rubble of the World Trade Center looking for survivors. If you ever want to find a true selfless hero, just look at your pup. They would die for you.
In a statement from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) where she received her training, a teammate said that even on her first deployment to ground zero Bretagne performed her role in a chaotic environment and “knew who needed the comfort of a dog, which firefighter needed to hold her close and stroke her fur.”
Bretagne continued working with Corless for seven years, participating in search and rescue missions following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ivan.
After retiring aged nine, she continued working as a goodwill ambassador for her local fire department and as a reading assistance dog for children.
Bretagne and Corless went to Ground Zero in 2014 for the first time since 2001. She returned again last year when a special birthday party was held in the city to honor the rescue dog.
Corless told Today that in recent weeks Bretagne had suffered kidney failure and was having difficulty moving. After three consecutive days of refusing food, Corliss said she knew the dog’s time had come to an end. Bretagne was brought to the vet for her final journey accompanied by the hero’s salute.
The last surviving Sept. 11 search dog has died. The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department in Harris County, Texas, says Bretagne was a founding canine member of its search-and-rescue team in 2000. She joined members of Texas Task Force One to search for people in the rubble of the World Trade Center, later responding to disasters like hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In this moving photo, Bretagne is walked by her handler past a flank of saluting members of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department as she was brought into the Fairfield Animal Hospital on Monday, June 6, to be euthanized. CREDIT: Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP #bretagne #herodog #texas #harriscounty #texastaskforce
Yesterday, we said goodbye to a true hero, Bretagne, the last surviving 9/11 search dog. Bretagne was put to rest after 16 years of tireless service. She worked for hours at a time, sniffing through debris of The World Trade Center searching for survivors. She was given full honors and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service Bretagne. Rest in peace as a true Hero. ❤️🙏🏻 Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. #Bretagne #searchandrescuedog #truehero #goldenretriever #godspeed