Guide dog Daisy leads 967 people from World Trade Center - Internet/Facebook Rumour

13 Mar 2014 - Article No: 1823. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

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.
Choking 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 112

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.

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The following story claims to tell the tale of Daisy the dog, a guide dog who, according to this forwarded message, saved over 900 lives by leading people stuck in the North Tower of the World Trade Center to safety during the 9/11 attacks.

Despite being an inspiring story, it is however, totally false. In fact similar messages outlining extraordinary tasks carried out by guide dogs have been circulating for well over a decade, in various formats, but many have turned out to be nothing more than works of fiction.

Plenty of inspiring and heroic stories emerged after the tragic events of 9/11 occurred, including the stories of Salty and Roselle, who led their respective owners to safety. Also dogs working with search and rescue teams helped locate victims in the rubble.

These stories had been well published in mainstream media outlets. Of course if a guide dog singlehandedly saved over 900 lives, it would be safe to assume that it would have received ample coverage from media outlets too, but alas it did not, because it didn’t really happen.

It is perhaps also worth mentioning another telling hole in the story above. The story claims that Daisy the dog picked up someone from the 112th floor. Tower 1 only has 110 floors.

There are plenty of true heroic acts that occurred that fateful day, meaning that sharing or forwarding works of fiction seems rather pointless.

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