'Hero Dogs of 9/11' Honored at Tribute

Fundraiser Recognized Canine Heroes That Aided in Rescue, Recovery; Hallmark Channel to Air Documentary

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Amid all the tributes regarding 9/11, there was one last week honoring one of the fallen whose name will not be among the thousands etched into the memorial at Ground Zero : Sirius.

Sirius, a yellow labrador who patroled the World Trade Center with Port Authority Police Officer Lt. David Lim, died in the collapse of the tower and was one of the "four footed heroes" -- rescue dogs dispatched to the scene a decade ago -- to be honored by the American Humane Association last week. The group put together a fundraiser recognizing 300 canines who toiled alongside their human counterparts to aid in recovery and as therapy dogs for victims' families. Among those present at the event, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, were AHA spokeswoman Victoria Stilwell, AHA president-CEO Robin Ganzert and Lt. Lim, who shared with Ad Age his harrowing memory of that day and his promise to return for Sirius. Lt. Lim's story will be recounted, along with others, in a documentary on Hallmark Channel airing on Veteran's Day.

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