New York Knicks Surprise Army Vet With Service Dog

Sgt. Yulfo received his own New York Knicks Jersey but was thrilled when a service dog named Murphy made an appearance at the ceremony.

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U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Luciano Yulfo gets kisses from his newly acquired service dog, Murphy. Via SB Nation
John Virata

When U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Luciano Yulfo went to the November 9 New York Knicks game, he knew he was going to be honored with a Knicks Jersey for his 36 years of service, including stints during Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), according to SB Nation.

But what truly surprised Yulfo that night wasn’t meeting with former Knicks team member and all-star Larry Johnson but, rather, getting a service dog after a more than 18-month wait.

Former New York Knick Larry Johnson looks on as Sgt. Luciano Yulfo greets his new service dog, Murphy. Via SB Nation

Former New York Knicks star Larry Johnson applauds as Sgt. Luciano Yulfo greets his new service dog, Murphy. Via SB Nation

Yulfo, who retired in April 2016, has been on the list to receive a service dog from Paws of War, a nonprofit that trains and places rescue dogs with military veterans who can benefit from them. During the ceremony, he was presented with Murphy, a Golden Retriever service dog, and Yulfo was just beside himself with happiness.

Yulfo immediately dropped his walking cane and went down to pet Murphy who, like most all dogs do, immediately started giving the Army veteran some kisses.

Thank you Sgt. Luciano Yulfo for your service to our country, and thank you Paws of War for preparing Murphy for a lifetime of service.

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  • My vocabulary not sufficient.

    Charles Toshach,Jr. November 11, 2016 9:09 am Reply

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