INDIANAPOLIS -- TSA K-9 Howard spends the day sniffing for explosives at the Indianapolis International Airport, but his name has an even bigger meaning than his job.
The 10-year-old K-9 who joined the TSA in 2011 is named after New York City Port Authority Police Officer George Howard.
George died trying to save lives at ground zero, on September 11, 2001.
“I will carry this, it is a police shield of a man named George Howard, who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others.”
“I get to help carry on the legacy of an American hero.”
This past summer, K-9 Howard and his handler, Wendell Hart, went got to meet George's son - who is now a New York City Firefighter – and spend time at ground zero.
“To see him there and have Chris Howard there, and I was there, it was very emotional,” said Hart. “Other than just being a cute dog, other than having a job and trying to keep the country safe – he’s carrying on a legacy.”
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