Chickashanews.com

Features

November 15, 2013

Canine who found bodies in 9/11 aftermath buried

NORMAN —

The sky was unseasonably sunny for a brief window of time over the Pet Memorial Gardens in Norman, Oklahoma. 

Reba, the Golden Retriever service dog with resume highlights spanning from New York to California, was laid to rest on Nov. 14. 

Reba's owner, Craig Passow, murmured his thanks again and again as Reba's ashes, housed within a small black box, were lowered into the ground. 

At Passow's side, Charlotte Grove, a Facebook friend, was in attendance. She had never met Passow face to face before. She said she didn't want anyone to have to go through this alone. 

"We animal lovers have to stick together," Grove said. 

Being there during a time of need seems like the kind of sentiment Reba might have agreed with. 

Reba was trained as a cadaver dog when she was six-weeks old. At the age of 16 months, former Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin called Passow to help out at ground zero in New York in 2001. Over 10 days, Reba recovered the remains of several 9/11 victims. Reba is one of about three dogs who served during the aftermath of 9/11. 

In March 2003, Reba received a call to go to California to help with the Laci Peterson case, searching the landfill for three days. 

According to Passow, these are just a few cases that Reba was involved in. 

Born on May 21, 2000 in Wausau, Wisconsin, Reba was given to Passow, who lived in Weston, Wisconsin at the time. She passed away on Nov. 7 at home. 

Reba and Craig moved to Oklahoma in 2004 and Reba retired in 2005. Passow said  Reba was a kind and very obedient dog, doing commands immediately. 

An alert had been sent to law enforcement and firefighters in surrounding areas, Passow said. However, the cemetery's parking remained void save for a two or three cars. Passow's Facebook wall shows posts inviting the public to honor a fallen canine hero. 

However, in her resting place, Reba is not alone. Another K-9 dog, Zhena, is buried just across from her grave. 

Passow said one of the reasons he chose Reba's resting place within the cemetery, was because he is comforted by the thought of the sun rising from the east, hovering over her during the day and then sinking into the west.

1
Text Only
Features
  • WW2 veteran receives thanks from president

    From the large tapestries of the Obamas in his living room, one could say that World War II veteran, Burley Givens, has an appreciation for the president.

    July 26, 2014

  • A quarter of the world's most educated people live in the 100 largest cities

    College graduates are increasingly sorting themselves into high-cost, high-amenity cities such as Washington, New York, Boston and San Francisco, a phenomenon that threatens to segregate us across the country by education.

    July 23, 2014

  • image-3.jpg Girl Scout donates to Locks of Love

    Six-year-old Madison Dunn donated her long hair to Locks of Love when she learned that some children don't have hair.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hospitals let patients schedule ER visits

    Three times within a week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo went to the emergency room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles because of intense back pain. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.

    July 22, 2014

  • Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet

    It was all too familiar. Grieving families rushing to airport. The flashing television graphics of a plane's last radar appearance. The uncomfortable officials before a heavy thicket of microphones.
    For many Malaysians, the disappearance of Flight 370 in March has been a long trauma from which the nation has not yet recovered.

    July 21, 2014

  • H@TG4ES-1.jpg Howling at the Gates:

    The web comic, "Howling at the Gates" begins when mad scientist Hypatia tells her boyfriend Grant that she plans to kidnap Pythagorus with her time machine.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Survey shows colleges flouting sexual assault rules

    More than 40 percent of 440 colleges and universities surveyed by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., haven't investigated a sexual assault in the past five years, according to a report released Wednesday.

    July 16, 2014

  • Are America's biggest alcohol brands targeting the country's underage youth?

    Underage drinkers - those between the ages of 18 and 20, most specifically - are more heavily exposed to printed alcohol advertisements than any other age group, according to a new study. And it's America's biggest booze companies that could be to blame.

    July 15, 2014

  • Can plants hear? Study finds that vibrations prompt some to boost their defenses

    They have no specialized structure to perceive sound as we do, but a new study has found that plants can discern the sound of predators through tiny vibrations of their leaves - and beef up their defenses in response.

    July 8, 2014

  • DSCF1770.JPG The sonogram fairy

    Walking into Bubbie's Bebes is like walking into a corner of Neverland.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo