Blind man Cecil Williams, 61, was on his way to a dental appointment with his seeing-eye dog, Orlando. The two were waiting for a train on a Manhattan subway platform when Williams felt faint, and tumbled onto the tracks.
Orlando immediately dived onto the tracks to save his owner. The black lab licked his face attempting to revive him, and barked to get the attention of bystanders.
Commuters heard Orlando's desperate barks and called for help. Both the dog and his owner were grazed by a subway car, but miraculously received only minor injuries.
"He tried to hold me up," a tearful Williams told the Associated Press from his hospital bed. "The dog saved my life."
This beautiful story may not have a happy ending. Orlando is 11 years old and is close to retirement. Williams' insurance will only pay for an actively working guide dog, which means he may not be able to keep the dog that saved his life.
"[He] gets me around and saved my life on a daily basis," says Williams.
Internet strangers and animal lovers from across the nation have written to the media, asking how to help Williams keep Orlando. The "Today" show, which reported the story, promises to keep the public updated on how to help keep these two friends together.