Thunder Dog, by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory
Thunder Dog is the true story of Michael Hingson, a man who was blinded in infancy, who worked on the 78th floor in one of the World Trade Center towers. This is one of those books that I just did NOT want to put down.
Michael was at work with his guide dog in the first tower that was hit. After the initial fear that the whole building would tip over at the impact (he didn’t know yet what had happened), he tried to unplug computers in the office before calling his wife to let her know something had happened, and that he was on his way out, taking to the stairs.
Throughout their descent, they experienced the overwhelming heat from so many bodies in the stairwell and sometimes overpowering smell of jet fuel. With his co-worker calling out the floor levels as the passed each landing, Michael and his guide dog Roselle slowly made their way down over 1000 steps with hundreds of others fleeing the building. They made it outside just minutes before the first tower fell.
Throughout the book, Michael also tells us about how it was to grow up blind in an age that wasn’t very blind-accessible. His parents refused to treat him any differently than any other child. Michael even used to ride his bike around the neighbourhood! He also tells us about his relationship with God, and how he felt God with him on 9/11.
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