Blind NYC man in subway fall gets new guide dog


FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Cecil Williams pets his guide dog Orlando in his hospital bed following a fall onto subway tracks from the platform in New York. The blind 61-year-old Williams says he fainted while holding onto his black labrador who tried to save him from falling. Williamís new dog, Godiva, will take over guide dog duties for Orlando, and Williams will keep Orlando as a pet. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) | Zoom

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (AP) - There's a new best friend for a blind man who fell onto subway tracks in New York City.

Cecil Williams has a new guide dog named Godiva to succeed his previous dog, Orlando. Williams and the 2-year-old yellow Labrador graduated from the Guiding Eyes for the Blind school on Saturday.

The 61-year-old Williams lost consciousness and fell off a platform in December. Orlando followed him onto the tracks and tried to revive him. A slow-moving train passed over them, but they were unharmed.

Donations came pouring in, allowing Williams to keep the aging 11-year-old Orlando as a pet.


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