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Blind Man Who Tumbled Onto Subway Tracks Gets New Guide Dog

Cecil Williams

Cecil Williams and his guide dog fell onto the subway tracks on Dec. 17, 2013. (Credit: CBS 2)

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/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 Saturday.

In December, Williams, 61, and Orlando, a black Labrador, were standing at the 125th Street station, which serves the A, B, C and D lines. Williams was on his way to the dentist and began to feel faint. Suddenly, the two tumbled onto the tracks. A slow-moving A train passed over them, but they were unharmed.

Seeing Eye Dog

Orlando the seeing-eye dog (Credit: CBS 2)

Orlando, who turned 11 years old on Jan. 5, was retired as a service dog because of his advanced age. Williams’ health insurance would not cover the cost of a nonworking dog, but donations came pouring in, allowing Williams to keep him as a pet.

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