Readers Launch Crowdfunding Campaigns to Keep Williams and Orlando Together
Cecil Williams, a New York City blind man, fainted and went tumbling onto the tracks of the subway, taking his seeing-eye dog with him. When rescue teams got to the scene, they couldn’t believe what they saw.
DNA Info, and several New York City media outlets, reported on the accident.
From NBC News:
A blind man and his guide dog fell onto subway tracks in Manhattan Tuesday in front of an A train that rolled over them, but they were not seriously hurt in what one rescuer called a “miracle.”
Cecil Williams, 61, told The Associated Press from his hospital bed that he was holding onto his black Labrador, Orlando, when he fainted on the platform of the 125th Street station on the A, B, C and D lines.
Orlando is trained to protect him from going over the edge, but wasn’t able to.
“He tried to hold me up,” Williams said.
Witnesses said the dog was barking frantically and tried to stop Williams from falling, but they both fell to the tracks.
“The dog saved my life,” Williams said, his voice breaking at times. He also was astonished by the help from emergency crews and bystanders on the platform.
The sad part of this story is that Williams’ dog, Orlando, will be 11 years old soon and headed for retirement, which means his owner won’t be able to keep him.
People disturbed by the unfortunate news have turned to crowdfunding campaigns to help cover the costs of Williams keeping his guard dog Orlando, since his health insurance refuses to pay for a “non-working” dog.
There’s one on IndieGogo:
And on GoFundMe: