A beautiful Dalmatian that served as the devoted mascot for a New York City firehouse in some of its darkest days has died.
That dog, named Twenty, joined the fire department shortly after its Ladder 20 division lost seven members in the devastating Sept. 11 attacks, according to an official Facebook post.
“Seven members from Ladder 20 died on the 35th floor of the North Tower on 9/11,” said FDNY Lt. Gary Iorio.
“In the days that followed, condolences from around the world arrived. Everyone was knocking on our door.
Then one day two Sheriffs from Rochester, New York showed up with a Dalmatian puppy.
Her name was Twenty, and she became our mascot and companion. She really helped to build the morale in the years following 9/11. I can’t say enough about what she did to help us.
She went on all the runs, she’d jump in the truck, stick her head out the window and bark. She became a local celebrity.”
Twenty's name is now spreading through more than just New York City. In the three days since her passing, more than 65,000 people have liked the official Facebook tribute, with tens of thousands passing it on online.
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“We offer our heartfelt thanks to her for being a loyal companion to FDNY members and the community for nearly 15 years,” Lt. Iorio said.
“Today, Twenty has taken her final run to Heaven. Rest in peace, man’s best friend.”