blind man saved by guide dog will have to give up dog over insurance coverage
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The blind New York City man who credited his guide dog for saving his life Tuesday when he fell onto the subway tracks said he is going to be forced to give up his dog because the dog is nearing retirement and his insurance will no longer cover him. 

The lab, named Orlando, will be 11 on Jan. 5, and will be retiring soon, Cecil Williams, 61, said. His medical benefits will cover a new guide dog but won’t pay for a non-working dog, so he’ll be looking for a good home for Orlando.

“If he had the money,” Williams said, “I would definitely keep him.”

Williams, who lives in Harlem, was at the 145th Street station in New York City at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when he began to feel faint. Despite the best efforts of the dog, a black Labrador named Orlando, Williams tumbled over the platform edge and onto the tracks.

“He went down, and the dog jumped down,” witness Matthew Martin told the New York Post . “[The dog] wasn’t pulled. He was kissing him, trying to get him to move.”

Others on the platform alerted subway workers to Williams’s plight. Authorities said a construction flagger told Williams to stay in a trough in the middle of the tracks. Less than a minute later, an uptown A train pulled into the station.

Authorities told the Post the train operator slammed on the brakes, but not before a car and a half pas…………… continues on Fox News

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