Michael Hingson was at his desk on the 78th floor in the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11 when an airline crashed into the building, 18 floors above. He lived to tell the tale because of his guide dog, Roselle.
The yellow lab calmly guided her blind charge 1,463 steps out of the building and, as debris fell and dust billowed, found a subway station and led them both underground to safety.
Roselle died in June at the age 13, but her heroism lives on. At a star-studded red carpet event in L.A. Saturday night the yellow lab was was honored as the American Hero Dog of the Year.
More than 400,000 people cast votes for Roselle and 7 other finalists. But it was Hingson’s moving description of Roselle’s actions on 9/11 that helped her win the top honor.
Michael’s book, Thunder Dog – the true story of a blind man, his dog and the triumph of trust at Ground Zero, describes life with his guide dog, Roselle, and how their lives were changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs.
Theirs is a harrowing story of trust and courage, but also how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America’s darkest days.
(READ the story from TODAY at MSNBC)