Dog 'Saved My Life' in Subway Fall: Blind Man
Cecil Williams' dog Orlando jumped right in after man fainted
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2013 10:01 AM CST
Cecil Williams pets his guide dog Orlando in his hospital bed following a fall onto subway tracks from the platform, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – When a blind man fainted and tumbled onto subway tracks, his guide dog was there to protect him—and both survived being run over by a train. When Cecil Williams, 60, got lightheaded on the Manhattan platform, his black lab, Orlando, tried to keep him away from the tracks. But Williams fell, and Orlando headed down with him. With passengers reportedly screaming and seeking help, "the dog was sitting right in front of him, kind of like he was guarding him," says MTA worker Lamont Smith. "Normally an animal, or another human being, would run. That dog stayed right there."

"The dog jumped down," another witness tells the New York Post. "He wasn’t pulled. He was kissing him, trying to get him to move." Smith called out for Williams, who was in a trough between the rails, to put his head down as a train approached. When a dazed Williams finally got the message, Orlando put his own head down, too, Smith tells the New York Daily News. Williams was hospitalized with some cuts and bruises, while Orlando was unhurt. "The dog saved my life," Williams tells the AP. But he fears he'll have to put Orlando up for adoption: His insurance won't handle Orlando's care when the 11-year-old pooch retires soon, he says.

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Dec 19, 2013 3:17 PM CST
His dog needs a pair of glasses.
Dec 18, 2013 12:45 PM CST
One can never have a more faithful and loving companion than a dog. And what a brave dog Orlando is.
Dec 18, 2013 10:17 AM CST
Good Doggie! For the record, that's not a Black Lab. That's a Black English Lab. Though related to Labs, they're a separate breed, bigger than a Lab, with a boxy head and a deep chest. They're used a lot as seeing eye dogs. I should know, I have one. The flunk-out rate for seeing eye dogs is very high - over 70% - because they can't be distracted by anything . But, don't worry, the demand for the dogs that don't pass is huge.