CORAM, NY (CBSNewYork) – They worked tirelessly at the World Trade Center site searching for survivors and human remains after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and now the town of Brookhaven and the Rocky Point VFW will honor canines at their 9/11 memorial in Coram.

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“They could find any human remains that possibly were alive or passed and they would help find those individuals quicker than we could,” said post commander Joe Cognitori.

A statue of a German Shepherd will be erected at the memorial site, says Cognitori, in tribute of man’s best friend.

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“I get the chills every time I think of the patriotism that went on those couple of days, those weeks and months and now,” Cognitori told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

He said the dogs worked without saying no and their paws got worn and raw, adding that there is a reason why they’re called man’s best friend.

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“This was an opportunity to make sure that they get recognized,” he said.