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Blind Man Who Fell Onto Subway Tracks Gets New Guide Dog

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CECIL WILLIAMS
Cecil Williams pets his guide dog, Orlando, in his hospital bed following a fall onto subway tracks from the platform, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 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. Both escaped without serious injury. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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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