“Hero Dogs” Honored on Capitol Hill

First-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards airs Friday

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    Some very special heroes were honored today on Capitol Hill.They have served our country and helped protect it four legs at a time. (Published Monday, Nov. 7, 2011)

    Some four-legged heroes are being honored in Washington for Veterans' Day.

    Dogs that worked in Iraq and in the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, visited the offices of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday. They're the winners of the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, which will air on Hallmark Channel Friday.

    The recipients include Roselle, a seeing-eye dog that led its handler, Michael Hingson, down 78 flights of stairs in the burning World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

    Roselle died this year.

    “Sometimes being a hero is just doing your job, and guide dogs just do their job,” Hingson said.

    A dog that served in Iraq and now helps comfort soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder also was honored.

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