to Fallen K-9 9-11-2001 WTC
LEGACY OF SIRIUS
on the web...Sept. 2001
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recovered him yesterday, January 21st. He was in his kennel and from all
accounts, was killed instantly. He received full Police Honors when his
body was recovered. Everyone lined up and saluted Sirius as we left. All
the great machines were silent as we led the procession to the Police Truck.
I was given the American Flag that draped his body. I will cherish it always.
I will probably get one of those triangle boxes to put it in. The Hartsdale
Pet Cemetery has offered to do the cremation and burial of Sirius. Tough
day, but at least I fulfilled the promise I made to him on September 11th,
waited and I came back. " David (out on a Lim)
A Time For
would not allow Officer Lim to search at "the pile" because of the
emotional toll it could have taken on him.
he kept tabs on the rescue effort, checking in periodically to ask whether
they had made it to the kennel area. Finally last week, the call
came: they had found Sirius. Investigators said that the dog
had died instantly when the kennel collapsed. On Thursday, January 22,
2002, under full honors, complete with a prayer and a salute, the body
of Sirius was removed from the wreckage. "There was a flag over his bag
and I carried him out with another officer, John Martin," says Officer
Lim. "Everyone saluted. All the machinery was stopped—the same thing that
is done for human
officers and firefighters.
fulfills vow to dog killed in WTC
January 25, 2002
Writer - THE RECORD
Authority Police Officer David Lim's last words to his partner on Sept.
11 were: "You stay there. I'll be back for you." After four months, Lim
can finally say he fulfilled his vow. Workers at Ground Zero on Tuesday
recovered the remains of Sirius, a yellow Labrador retriever believed to
be the only canine to die in the attack on the World Trade Center. "I've
been waiting to find him," Lim said Thursday. "I fulfilled my promise to
him because I came back and I took him home." The remains of the bomb detection
dog were found beneath the debris of Tower Two, in the Port Authority's
basement kennel. Lim left Sirius there and went to help with the rescue
effort, but didn't make it back -- he became trapped himself, in Tower
One, and wasn't pulled out until more than five hours later. Workers immediately
called Lim to the scene Tuesday when they found Sirius. They carried out
the remains with full honors, complete with a prayer and a salute. "There
was a flag over his bag and I carried him out with another officer, John
Martin," Lim said. "Everyone saluted. All the machinery was stopped --
the same thing that is done for human police officers and firefighters.
I thought it was very nice." Lim, who was Sirius heralded for his rescue
efforts that day, had placed in the kennel moments after the first plane
hit Tower One. Then he rushed to help people down the staircase, shouting,
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20 year veteran of the towers, Lim had climbed to the 44th floor of Tower
One when Tower Two was hit. When
heard the call to evacuate, he made his way to the fifth floor, where he
stopped to help carry a woman. "We got as far as the fourth floor and the
building collapses on us," he said. "It was like an avalanche. We were
just waiting there to die." Lim escaped to the sixth floor -- which eventually
became the top of the rubble. He was finally rescued after 3 p.m. He had
suffered a mild concussion, but no serious injuries. The Port Authority
has listed 37 of its police officers as missing or dead as a result of
the attack. Lim believes that number should be 38. Sirius, who was 4 years
old, searched commercial vehicles coming into the trade center. He had
worked with Lim since March 2000 and helped clear the way for visits by
such VIPs as President Bill Clinton, Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, and
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. "He was my partner," Lim said. "We got
really attached to him. "I still step over the spot where he used to sleep
in my room because I forget he's not there." Doctors would not allow Lim
to search at Ground Zero because of the emotional toll it could have taken
on him. But he has kept tabs on the rescue effort, checking in periodically
to ask whether they had made it to the kennel area. In the first few months,
rescuers had to build a road over it to get to another area. When they
found his jacket recently, Lim knew they were getting close. Lim was training
his new dog, a black Lab named Sprig, when he got the call from Ground
Zero on Tuesday. He found consolation in the fact that his partner died
instantly. It appeared that the kennel collapsed. Sirius' remains were
cremated at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Westchester County, N.Y. Lim
collected the ashes Thursday and will keep them in an urn at home until
April, when he plans to hold a memorial service. He hasn't yet determined
where. "We expect hundreds of police dogs to come," he said. " It's going
to be very big."
Dogs of SAR
remember the day was clear
the scent was good
remembert the broken glass
doing what I could.
remember your command
said to Go and Seek
liste for a wary cry
it may be weak
remember long days and nights
murmur did I hear
remember that awful smell
told me it was fear
could not find a living soul
I searched with paw and nose
above this desperate scene
new spirit rose.
year has passed, new heroes crowned
part a passing thought
I am proud for what I did
who am I you may now ask
came from near and far
am the one so aptly named
dog of SAR.
Janis Dibert (C)
Salutes Search and Rescue Dogs Feb. 11, 2002
Westminster Kennel Club and USA Network have united to donate $275,000
to the National Association for Search and Rescue to create the NASAR Canine
Fund. On Feb. 11, exactly five months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,
they will present $275,000 to Michael Tuttle, president of NASAR, during
USA Network’s live coverage of the 126th annual Westminster Kennel Club
Dog Show in the New York Madison Square Garden. Handlers and dogs representing
the heroic search and rescue teams that worked at the World Trade Center
and Pentagon will participate in the special salute on the opening evening
of the Westminster show.
contributions donated to the fund, including the original donation of $275,000,
will be used to train handlers and dogs across the country in the skills
needed to respond in a crisis. Donations may be sent to the
Canine Fund, 4500 Southgate Place, Suite 100, Chantilly, CA 20151
Search & Rescue Organization
and Rescue Dogs Honored
a break at the Westminster Dog Show in NYC,
dogs from around the country were introduced with their handlers. The crowd
of 10,000 cheered to the point of frightening the dogs and their partners
along with the music from the NYPD marching band. Some of the K-9s
were returning to work at the WTC site after their appearance. One officer
said, he would rather face gunmen than the crowd. Glenn Close was there
to sing God Bless America." The last officer to be introduced was David
Lim with his new partner, Sprig.
me, they were "BEST OF SHOW."
dog, Sirius, worked for the Port Authority, and was in his kennel when
the tower collapsed. He was saluted posthumously at the dog show. David
Lim, Port Authority Police: "People like to use that word 'closure.' In
a sense, yes, I have some closure, I did fulfill a promise. The last thing
I said to him was that I was going to bring him home, and I did do that."
Lim says there will be a special memorial this Spring for Sirius. Meanwhile,
he is busy training his new partner, Sprig. Rescue workers say that amid
all the technology, there is still nothing more effective than a dog's
sense of smell. Mind you, these rescue dogs may not be able to take a ribbon
home from the Westminster Dog Show, but they were able to take home something
that is hopefully just as good: Our gratitude.
am probably one of the most known police officer in the country, at this
time, but I'd give it all back to have my buddy, Sirius, at my side again."
Lim & Sprig were featured on
Morning, CBS, 2/17/02, OSGOOD FILE
the unsung heroes of 9/11 were the four-legged members of the canine rescue
unit. These dogs had their day this past Monday, when they were lauded
and applauded at the annual Westminster Kennel Club show. Also on several
segments of CNN News.
Dave's new K-9 was officially introduced 2/11/02
the 9-11 ceremony@ the Westminster Dog Show. Sprig graduated 3/28/02
now a real K-9 & Sirius would be proud.
Authority Canine Unit, Officer David Lim & K-9 Sprig.
is accepting the award on behalf of Sirius, Officer Lim’s former canine
partner who died at Ground Zero. David Lim, Port Authority Officer: "He
was my partner, my friend, I loved him very much. He slept right next to
me on the floor, right next to my bed. I miss him." Sirius died when the
World Trade Center's Tower Two collapsed. His partner, Port Authority Officer
David Lim, was at Tower One trying to rescue people. Now his new dog, Sprig
is receiving an honor on Sirius' behalf. Lim: "Replacement? It's a tough
word. What do you say? He's got big paws to fill. That's what I say."