Claim: A dog named Daisy rescued hundreds of people from the damaged World Trade Center towers on 9/11.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, November 2001]
James Crane worked on the 101st of
He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy. After the plane hit
On her first run of the building, she leads James, James' boss and about 300 more people out of the doomed building.
But she wasn't through yet, she knew there were others who were trapped. So, highly against James' wishes she ran back in the building. On her second run, she saved
Against all known odds, Daisy makes it out alive, but this time she is carried by a firefighter. "She lead us right to the people, before she got injured" the fireman explained. Her final run saved other
The next week, Mayor Guilaini rewards Daisy with the Canine medal of Honor of
Origins: A blind man, a golden retriever named Daisy, the selfless rescue of almost a thousand people from one of the collapsing World Trade Center towers — if it all sounds too good to be true, it's because it is.
This is a case of the heroic rescue that wasn't: This widely circulated Internet tale of canine courage is pure
One version of the Internet forward concluded with "copied from NEW YORK TIMES
At least two men were guided to safety from the World Trade Center buildings by their guide dogs: Michael Hingson from the
Roselle and Salty received a joint Dickin Medal for their actions on 9/11, as did a NYPD Search and Rescue dog named Appollo, but no dog was given the "Canine Medal of Honor of New York" (an award that does not exist) by New York mayor Rudy Guilaini in connect with the 9/11 attacks.
The horror that was September 11 is hard for many of us to accept, thus the need for "miraculous rescue" tales such as this one. That they have to be made up apparently doesn't stop some from doing exactly that.
Barbara "going to the dogs" Mikkelson
Last updated: 3 July 2014
Montero, David. "Dog Guides Blind Owner Down from 78th Floor." Inside Ventura County. 15 September 2001. The Washington Post. "A Breed Apart; Service Dogs Are Heroes with Fur." 11 October 2001 (p. C14).