Last living 9/11 rescue dog honored on her final day

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The Last Living Search Dog Deployed After 9/11 Attacks Has Died

The last living search dog deployed to the World Trade Center after 9/11 has died.

Bretagne, a 16-year-old golden retriever, was put down Monday after her health declined. She was saluted by her fellow firefighters with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department in Houston on her way to the vet's office.

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Bretagne was deployed to ground zero after 9/11 and spent 10 days searching for people buried in the rubble. She also responded to several other disasters, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

See the heartbreaking tribute she got on her final day:
9/11 Search Dog Saluted during Final Walk Into Vet's Office

There is even a cobblestone dedicated to Bretagne and her handler, Denise Corliss, at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

Bretagne was retired when she was 10 and spent her remaining years assisting in the training of other search dogs. She also helped first-graders practice their reading skills by letting them read to her.

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Last living 9/11 rescue dog honored on her final day

President George W. Bush participates in a reading demonstration on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

Dan Bartlett, deputy assistant to the president, points to news footage of the attacks while President Bush listens to new security information.

(Photo via US National Archives)

President Bush watches television coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center during a briefing in the classroom.

President Bush takes notes as he listens to news coverage of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

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President Bush calls New York Gov. George Pataki, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and Vice President Dick Cheney. White House Chief of Staff Andy Card talks on a cellphone.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

President Bush delivers remarks to the nation, regarding the terrorist attacks on US soil, from the elementary school.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

A highway sign on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

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President Bush watches television coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center from his office aboard Air Force One.

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President Bush confers with White House Chief of Staff Andy Card in the president's stateroom.

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President Bush confers with staff by telephone, from his office aboard Air Force One, during the flight from Sarasota to Barksdale Air Force Base.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

President Bush talks on the telephone as senior staff huddle in his office.

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President Bush and his staff look out the windows of Air Force One at their F-16 escort while en route to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

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An F-16 escorts Air Force One.

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President Bush confers with, from left, Karl Rove, Andy Card, Dan Bartlett, and Ari Fleischer before delivering remarks on the World Trade Center disaster from the General Dougherty Conference Center at Barksdale Air Force Base.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

President Bush delivers remarks on the terrorist attacks before departing for Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

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President Bush arrives at Offutt Air Force Base.

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President Bush, Admiral Richard Mies (left), and White House Chief of Staff Andy Card conduct a video teleconference at Offutt Air Force Base.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

President Bush and White House Counsel Harriet Miers aboard Air Force One.

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President Bush speaks with Ari Fleischer (left) and Karl Rove aboard Air Force One during the flight to Andrews Air Force Base.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

After departing Offutt Air Force Base for Washington, DC, President Bush talks on the phone with Vice President Dick Cheney from Air Force One.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice waits at the South Portico for President Bush to arrive at the White House.

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Counselor Karen Hughes and Counsel Alberto Gonzales follow President Bush into the Oval Office after his return to the White House.

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Working with his senior staff, President Bush reviews the speech that he will deliver to the nation in the evening.

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President Bush talks with Vice President Dick Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center.

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Laura Bush listens as her husband discusses the terrorist attacks with White House staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center.

(Photo via US National Archives)

President Bush and Laura Bush talk with Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice in the President's Emergency Operations Center.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

After returning to the White House, President Bush meets with, from left, Vice President Dick Cheney), Chief of Staff Andy Card, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Special Agent Carl Truscott of the US Secret Service in the President's Emergency Operations Center.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

President Bush reviews notes with Karen Hughes before addressing the nation from the Oval Office.

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President Bush delivers his televised address.

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After addressing the nation, President Bush meets with his National Security Council in the President's Emergency Operations Center.

(Photo via The U.S. National Archives)

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