Transportation Security Administration

This explosives-sniffing dog and his handler have an unusual connection to 9/11

This explosives-sniffing dog and his handler have an unusual connection to 9/11

Dell Hart and his partner, an 80-pound black Labrador named Hhoward, have taken many trips together as one of the Transportation Security Administration's canine explosives detection teams: to Super Bowls, political conventions, a G-8 summit.

All were important assignments that form the core of the Indianapolis-based team's mission at the TSA. But it was a trip the pair took to New York a few weeks ago that Hart said will always stand out in his mind. There were no big crowds, no politicians, no superstar quarterbacks.

Instead, waiting for them at a firehouse in Manhattan was Chris Howard, the son of the man for whom Hhoward was named.

George Howard, a New York/New...

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