Cypress search & rescue dog honored

By Phillip Mena 2 Houston

CYPRESS, Texas — Heroes can come in all forms — even in the form of a golden retriever. When disaster strikes, heroes jump into action. Bretagne — French for Britney — is a retired search and rescue dog from Cypress, who helped search for survivors during some of America’s deadliest disasters. Her first deployment was in the days following 9/11.

“We searched approximately two weeks for survivors at Ground Zero,” her owner Denise Corliss said. “The (search dogs) have to have nerve strength to be able to go over collapsed buildings and not be afraid.”

Now 14 years old, Bretagne is one of the few surviving dogs who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She was deployed as part of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue group, Texas Task Force 1. [To see a video about Bretagne, please click here.]

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9/11 Memorial Plaza Should Be Open 24 Hours a Day, Residents Say

By Irene Plagianos DNA Info

Sign with Memorial Plaza hours courtesy of DNA Info

Sign with Memorial Plaza hours courtesy of DNA Info

The 9/11 Memorial Plaza should be open around the clock, residents say, so that both locals and visitors can quietly reflect in the space.

The 8-acre tree-filled plaza, with two massive pools where the Twin Towers once stood, first allowed the public to enter without tickets or security checks in May — but only from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

At night, a plastic yellow chain cordons off almost the entire perimeter of the plaza, except for a narrow path along the edge that allows passersby to walk from West Street to Liberty Street.

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Mass. Resiliency Center to Support Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

By Denali Tietjen Boston Globe

Running shoes left at the makeshift memorial following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, in an exhibit titled "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" at the Boston Public Library  Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Running shoes left at the makeshift memorial following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, in an exhibit titled “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial” at the Boston Public Library  Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder

The State of Massachusetts is partnering with Boston Medical Center (BMC) and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) to open a free support center for victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, state officials announced Wednesday.

Funded by a $1.9 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, the Massachusetts Resiliency Center will serve as a supportive community for people impacted by last year’s marathon bombings, such as those who were injured, friends and family members of survivors, first responders, as well as the general public.

The center, which is due to open at BMC in August, will provide services for those dealing with physical and emotional trauma by connecting survivors to one another, referring victims to therapy centers in their area, and hosting therapy and training sessions.

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