[tabi] Fwd: [Nfbf-l] Blind Man and his Guide Dog fall onto the subway tracks from the platform, Tuesday, Dec. 17

  • From: Tinetta Cooper <tanetjec@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tabi <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:52:28 -0500

This article from the New York Post was brought to my attention. Like
Robert Miller's dog Sherman, this man's dog guide saved his master's
life in the face of great danger.


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From: Alan Dicey <adicey@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:36:44 -0500
Subject: [Nfbf-l] Blind Man and his Guide Dog fall onto the subway
tracks from the platform, Tuesday, Dec. 17
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Cecil Williams pets his guide dog Orlando in his hospital bed following a
fall onto the subway tracks from the platform, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in
New York.
(Graphic)
A blind man and his guide dog fell onto the rails at a Harlem subway station
Tuesday morning and survived as the front car of a train passed over them
because they somehow managed to stay down in the trough between the rails.

Cecil Williams, a 60-year-old from Brooklyn, was stunned by his incredible
fate - and the loyalty of his Labrador retriever, Orlando - after he fainted
and fell onto the tracks at the 125th Street station as a northbound A train
approached.

Orlando tried in vain to keep Williams from falling - and wound up tumbling
down onto the rails along with his master.

The train's lead car and half of the second rumbled over them, but Williams
suffered only a cut to his head and bruises, and the 10-year-old lab was
unscathed.

"I'm feeling amazed," Williams told the Associated Press from his hospital
bed.

"I feel that God, the powers that be, have something in store from me. They
didn't take me away this time. I'm here for a reason."
Cecil Williams, 61 and blind, says he fainted while holding onto his black
Labrador who bravely tried to save him from falling and was pulled down into
the path of the speeding train.

John Minchillo/AP

Cecil Williams, 61 and blind, says he fainted while holding onto his black
Labrador who bravely tried to save him from falling and was pulled down into
the path of the speeding train.

Williams, who said he didn't regain consciousness until after rescuers
arrived, believes Orlando was his life-saver.
"The dog saved my life," he told the AP, his voice breaking at times from
emotion.

"It's a miracle!" added Williams' girlfriend, Cynthia, who spoke to the
Daily News as she took Orlando for a short walk outside of St. Luke's
Hospital.
"He's doing great. He's feeling fine," Cynthia, who would only give her
first name, said of Williams. "He's resting. He's under observation right
now."
Adding to the enormity of Williams' good fortune, he said Orlando, who turns
11 on January 5, will be put up for adoption soon because his insurance
provider will no longer cover the cost of caring for him.

Williams said that if he could afford it, "I would definitely keep him."
A blind man reportedly fell on the tracks at 125th St. Tuesday morning but
was not hit by a train.

David Torres for New York Daily News


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