Rookie, Teddy, and the Furry Staff Members Keeping This Site Safe

  • August 8, 2022
  • A light-colored dog stands with his paws on a table
  • A black dog sits in front of a blue cart
Rookie (left) and Teddy on the job

The World Trade Center has been the target of two terrorist attacks, one of which led to the largest loss of life on American soil from a foreign attack in U.S history. In the years since 9/11, maintaining strict security on the site ensures that it remains one of the safest places in the city. The Memorial plaza is safeguarded by the New York City Police Department, Port Authority Police Department, and counterterrorism officers daily, but not every member of the security team walks on two legs. 

Rookie is one of the many K9s that patrol the site everyday, ensuring incoming packages and luggage are carefully inspected, the plaza is clear, and the Museum is secure before visitors enter. He and his human partner, Kevin, are part of the MSA Security Canine Detection Team, trained to identify explosive devices. The 9/11 Memorial Art Cart, which offers meaningful activities for families and young children, is part of their "beat." Interacting with Museum educators and greeting visitors at the Art Cart allows Rookie to apply his special expertise as a receiver of head pats, belly rubs, and hugs. It is an important role that he and K9 co-workers like Teddy, our newest team member, take very seriously. 

Visitors can catch Rookie and Teddy in the Museum and out on plaza intermittently from 9 am to 8 pm daily, and at the Art Cart tomorrow through Thursday. Check our events calendar for specific time slots. 

The 9/11 Memorial Art Cart is made possible in partnership with the New York Life Foundation.

By Nicole Torres, Education Specialist 

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