Remember this picture? It’s one of the famous pictures taken of search and rescue teams at Ground Zero. This is Trakr and his partner, Halifax Regional Police Officer James Symington. They were one of the first K9 search and rescue teams to arrive at Ground Zero. Trakr found the last survivor buried beneath the collapsed towers, Genelle Guzman, the fifth and final survivor found in the rubble on Sept. 12, 2001.
For his heroic efforts, Trakr was presented with the United Nations Extraordinary Service to Humanity Award by Dr. Jane Goodall and was featured in books and magazines dedicated to 9/11 heroes.
In April 2009, Trakr died peacefully of old age at his home. He was 16 years old. He spent 10 years with James Symington, and they formed a bond that could not be broken.
This bond was so strong that a year before his death, a little bit of Trakr was preserved before he was to depart.