[nfb-talk] Fw: canine hero

tribble lauraeaves at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 21 23:51:46 UTC 2009

Hi--yes several people have told me this story was a fake. Sorry about that. 
And it was such a heart warming story. Anyway, congratulations at getting 
out of the Towers that day.  On 9/11 I was living in a town in New Jersey 
about 20 miles from Manhatten, so close that people could go out in the 
street and see the pillars of smoke.  Quite a day. i knew a number of people 
with jobs in the Towers, but thankfully none of them were there at the time.

I wonder how hoax stories get started.  Some people must spend days writing 
and circulating them just to see how they spread.  Strange.  But then, i 
read a good biography about Mark Twain in his early years before he became 
famous, and he had freelance jobs writing for newspapers, and in particular 
wrote a lot of hoaxes.  He described in one chapter is philosophy about 
honest hoax writing -- the hoax has to have some detail skillfully 
embroidered into the story that gives it away -- something that points to 
the story itself as the problem, or something like that.  Writing a hoax 
without this component makes it nothing but a lie. I thought that was 
interesting -- funny, just like you'd expect Twain to be.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Hingson" <info at michaelhingson.com>
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This story is NOT true.  One way you can tell is that there were only 110
floors in each tower.  Also, only one person to my knowledge escaped from
Tower Two who resided above the 82nd floor where the aircraft hit.

There have been many variations of this story on the web.  None of them are
true.  Two blind people with guide dogs escaped.  I was one and Omar Rivera
was the other.  Omar was on the 71st floor of Tower One and I was on floor
78 of the same tower. If there were other guide dog users in the towers I am
not aware of them.

Omar and I use great animals who did their jobs well and proved the value of
teamwork.  Both dogs have had many stories written about them and will have
more to say in the future I am sure.


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-----Original Message-----
From: nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfb-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Sarah Baughn
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:54 PM
To: tribble; NFB Talk Mailing List
Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] Fw: canine hero

Aw, that is so sweet, and it's a shame that we haven't heard that story
sooner.  She is truly one of the unsung heroes of our time.
----- Original Message -----
From: "tribble" <lauraeaves at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 4:10 PM
Subject: [nfb-talk] Fw: canine hero

>      James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World
> Trade Center . He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy.
> After the plane hit 20 stories below, James knew that he was doomed,
> so he let Daisy go, out of an act of love. She darted away into the
> darkened hallway. Chok in g on the fumes of the jet fuel and the smoke
> James was just waiting to die. About 30 minutes later, Daisy comes
> back along with James' boss, who Daisy just happened to pick up on floor
>      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 392 lives. Again she went back in.
> During this run, the building collapses. James hears about this and
> falls on his knees into tears. Against all known odds, Daisy makes it
> out alive, but this time she is carried by a firefighter. 'She led us
> right to the people, before she got injured' the fireman explained.
>      Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute smoke
> inhalation, severe burns on all four paws, and a broken leg, but she
> saved
> 967 lives. Daisy is the first civilian Canine to win the Medal of
> Honor of New York City.
>      I hope you enjoyed this story. I thought it was terrific
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