The members of New York Fire Department Ladder 20 had to say good-bye to a very close friend and team member this week, and her name was Twenty.
Twenty was a Dalmatian who passed away on January 5, 2016, and after arriving at Ladder 20 as a puppy shortly after 9/11, she quickly became the department’s mascot and companion, according to a touching tribute posted on the FDNY Facebook page.
“She really helped to build the morale in the years following 9/11. I can’t say enough about what she did to help us,” FDNY Lieutenant Gary Iorio from Ladder 20 posted on Facebook. “She went on all the runs, she’d jump in the truck, stick her head out the window and bark. She became a local celebrity.”
Ladder 20 tragically lost seven members of their team on 9/11, and while such a loss could easily unravel any group, they remained a strong unit with Twenty’s emotional support.
Twenty worked hard for Ladder 20 her entire life, and in her own way, she saved the lives of the men who save others on a daily basis.
Lt. Iorio said it best: “Today, Twenty has taken her final run to Heaven. Rest in peace, man’s best friend.”