The leash that kept a patrol dog close to his family.
On September 11, Port Authority Police Lieutenant David W. Lim was on duty at the World Trade Center, along with his faithful partner, Sirius, a yellow Labrador retriever. They were bound by work and in life: Sirius, like other patrol dogs, lived with his handler, Lim, and Lim's family.
Lieutenant Lim was in the basement of the South Tower that morning when he felt the building shake violently. He thought a bomb had exploded, so he secured Sirius in his kennel and went to investigate but not before telling his canine partner, "I'll be back for you."
Lim ended up assisting evacuees from the North Tower and then got buried in rubble in the 5th floor stairwell. Miraculously, his section remained intact, sheltering him and 15 others until they could be rescued. Lim suffered a concussion, lower back contusions, and leg bruises; sadly, Sirius, whom Lim called "the best partner I ever had," did not survive. In February 2002, canine remains were found in the South Tower's kennel area. A ceremonial removal was held, complete with a full honor guard to commemorate Sirius' service, and, of course, Lim was there to salute him one last time.