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Blind NYC man in subway fall gets new guide dog

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 | 3:45 p.m.

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.