|Published:||Sep 06, 2012 5:04 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 12, 2012 7:29 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - UPDATE:
Arlene Beyer says she was overjoyed after learning a SWFL security K9 was named after her late husband.
Her husband and former New York firefighter, Paul, was killed on September 11th, 2001
"Its the first time in 11 years that I was happy with what I was hearing," said Arlene.
The widow was brought to the story when a WINK news viewer sent a link to her via email.
Arlene spent this September 11th at Albany State Museum where her husband's Fire Engine #6 is on display.
She now serves as a volunteer tour guide at ground zero and is planning a trip to SWFL to meet the dog, Beyer.
Southwest Florida International Airport has several layers of security to protect passengers from bombs.
Lee County Port Authority Police K9s Judge, Beyer and Zita patrol the terminals on a rotating basis seven days a week.
Judge and Beyer are named after victims of 9/11.
Each of the K9's are certified annually, many of which are named in honor of victims following completion.
After September 11, 2001, training of airport police dogs went under TSA rule.
All bomb-sniffing dogs are trained at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. They are taught to find bombs and bomb-making materials.
The dogs train to sniff out several different types of illegal substances and according to police handlers, they're 100% in training sessions.