Cecil Williams, who fell into the path of an oncoming A train at the 125th St. station on Tuesday, tearfully thanked Orlando, the guide dog who stuck by him after the two fell onto the tracks. Thanks to donations, Williams will be able to keep Orlando, having thought he would have to give the dog up after he retired from service because he couldn’t afford to keep both him and another guide dog.
Cecil Williams, 61, his eyes shielded by dark glasses, had tears rolling down his cheeks as he sang the praises of his “best buddy” at a press conference inside St. Luke’s Hospital in midtown.
“Guide dogs serve a purpose, and they are very loyal and they are very good,” said Williams, as he fought to keep his voice steady.
“(Orlando) is always there for me, he drives me through the sidewalks, he gets me across the streets, he’s always looking out for me, that’s his job,” he said.