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A brave seeing-eye dog loyally leaped to the subway tracks when his owner tumbled off a Harlem platform Wednesday — and they both survived getting run over by a train, according to witnesses.
Cecil Williams, 60, was heading to the dentist when he felt faint about 9:30 a.m. on the uptown A train platform.
His guide dog, a black Labrador named Orlando, was trained to keep him from going over the edge — and tried to hold him up. The dog was barking and trying to pull him , but Williams fell, according to witnesses.
Matthew Martin, 54, said that the dog never hesitated.
“He went down, and the dog jumped down,” he said. “He wasn’t pulled. He was kissing him, trying to get him to move.”
Straphangers shouted, alerting subway workers. A construction flagger told Williams to stay in the trough between the rails, authorities said.
Witnesses said they heard an express train approaching less than a minute after Williams plunged to the tracks, and tried to alert the motorman.
During the commotion, Orlando stayed by William’s side.
“He was definitely this man’s best friend. When the train was coming, the dog didn’t move,” said Ana Quinones, 53, of Morningside Heights. “The dog was loyal to his master. He tried to save him. He was trying to pull him away when he was too close to the edge. He risked his own life to save his owner.”
Williams, of Brooklyn, has been blind since 1995, and Orlando is his second dog. The lab will be 11 on Jan. 5, and will be retiring soon, Williams said. His health insurance will not cover the cost of a non-working dog, so he will be looking for a good home for him.