Coram memorial hails unsung canine heroes

Suffolk County Police Officer Samuel Barreto with his

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Suffolk County Police Officer Samuel Barreto with his K9 Chase, at a ceremony at the 9/11 memorial in Coram. Chase was honored for helping to rescue Dr. Jerome Nadler, who went missing while fly-fishing on Labor Day at a Smithtown nature preserve. (September 8, 2012) (Credit: Ed Betz)

A group of 9/11 first responders that have gone mostly unheralded were honored Saturday at a park in Coram.

After the two hijacked planes struck the Twin Towers, about 300 rescue dogs were brought in to help with the search-and-rescue effort. They, like their human counterparts, spent days poring through the rubble, looking for survivors and, later, people's remains.

Dog handler Penny...

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