DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs
Staten Island Firehouse To Be Home For DOGNY SculptureFeaturing Nearly 200 Search and Rescue Team Signatures
A one-of-a-kind dog sculpture, featuring signatures of nearly 200 National Association of Search and Rescue canine handlers from across the country who were called to serve at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Fresh Kills sites following 9/11, was unveiled in front of Engine 152, Battalion 21 on Staten Island on Friday, September 6, 2002.
The statue is sponsored by Pedigree Food for Dogs, who gathered the signatures and selected the Staten Island location to honor the 55 Staten Islanders who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. Although Staten Island represents only 5.5 percent of New York City's population, 16 percent of Trade Center victims were from Staten Island, home to hundreds of New York City police officers and fire fighters.
Chief Tom Cashin and several of his firefighters, and six Search and Rescue teams took part in the ceremony. Father John King of Staten Island's Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat, active in the rescue and recovery effort, offered a blessing of the statue.
The sculpture is part of the DOGNY public art program created by the American Kennel Club to honor the valuable contributions of Search and Rescue Dogs and their handlers.