THE 4-LEGGED HEROES OF GROUND ZERO Honoring the Canines of 9/11
Fortunately, the sacrifices these dogs and their handlers made did not go unnoticed. Many dog owners were inspired to earn their search and rescue certifications after the events of 9/11, promising to aid in future disasters and hopefully lessen the impact of such catastrophes. this kind of work has on animals, both physically and mentally. Many of these studies wouldn’t be possible without the AKC Canine Health Foundation, so if you’re looking to give back this September, visit them at their website to see how you can help: AKCCHF.org. After 9/11, various researchers conducted many studies examining the effect
As a case manager, Manny’s focus is ensuring each case we handle for our clients here at Russell & Lazarus runs as smoothly as possible. For the past two years, Manny has worked with our team to fight for our clients’ rights. “Law was something that always interested me,” Manny says. “I like helping out people after they’ve been involved in a traumatic event. Whether it’s a slip and fall or an auto accident, it’s nice to know that I can help them out and get them back to where they were before the accident.” On his time off, you can find Manny spending time with his family. He says, “Family is important to me, and I try to do things with them whenever I can. I have a 1-year-old son, and making sure I have the time to play with him is really crucial.” All of us at Russell & Lazarus want to thank Manny for his hard work since joining our team. We look forward to working side-by- side with him well into the future! Search and rescue dogs and their handlers worked 12–16-hour days, searching for survivors and victims. They worked through dangerous conditions: Many dogs burned their paws as they dug through hot rubble, and both handlers and canines inhaled toxic dust. The task was both physically and mentally exhausting for the dogs during their shifts. Some dogs that found deceased victims refused to eat or interact with other animals. Search and rescue dogs became increasingly stressed and depressed the longer they searched without any results, mirroring their handlers. It wasn’t uncommon for handlers to stage mock “findings” of survivors to keep the dogs’ spirits up.
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to clear rubble, offer supplies, and search for survivors. It was a powerful act of resilience in a deeply trying time, and while most of the individuals helping with the disaster stood on two feet, more than 300 canines also answered the call to service. Dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, including search and rescue dogs, police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, were brought in to help find and care for survivors in the wake of the destruction. They worked tirelessly alongside rescue crews as they searched through the debris.
TEAM MEMBER FEATURE
Manny Gutierrez Dedicated Manager and Family Man
In this edition, our team at Russell & Lazarus is overjoyed to introduce Manny Gutierrez for our team member spotlight. Manny has been an excellent team member; he is assiduous, dedicated, and genuinely cares about people both in and out of the office. We’re proud to have such an amazing individual on our team! Manny first started with us after finding and responding to an advertisement for a case manager. “When I came in for the first time and met Chris, Marc, and the rest of the team, I was really impressed with them. They all got along really well, and I felt like this was the place I wanted to be,” he recalls. It wasn’t too long afterward that Manny joined our team.
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