Noone can say for sure if Jake, a 12 year old black Labrador, developed the cancer because of his heroic efforts during the days and weeks following 9/11.   Cancer is common in dogs his age.   Scientists have been studying the effects of exposure to harmful smoke and debris in animals used in the 9/11 rescue efforts, and have found no sign of illness directly related to their work at ground zero.  

What we do know is that Jake was a true hero, with a resume also including rescue work after Hurricane Katrina and therapy dog for children.  

Jake’s body will be sent to the University of Pennsylvania where veterinarians are conducting an ongoing medical study on the Sept. 11 rescue dogs.

He is still working for the good of others, even after his death.  A true hero indeed.  He will be missed by all. 

To read more about Jake, please visit: http://www.khou.com/pets/stories/khou070727_ac_rescuedog.b6cd8f5f.html

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