Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Since all TSA dogs are named after 9/11 victims, I thought it would be appropriate to share who Llarson is named after.

Llarson is named after a firefighter from 9/11, Scott A. Larsen. The following is a paragraph about Scott A. Larsen from the book "Portraits 9/11/01".

"When Scott A. Larsen finished a shift at the firehouse — "He was very good with the tools; he fit right into the place," said Brian Cleary, his friend from Ladder Company 163 — off he'd go in pursuit of more activity, usually with his three children. He outfitted them with Rollerblades, and got them onto their bicycles on summer days. He could spend an entire day at the beach, then fix dinner on the grill. During the midwinter school break, he packed everyone into the car and drove from their home in Glendale, Queens, to Disney World, stopping to spend the night in North Carolina, to buy sparklers in South Carolina, to sample as many Dairy Queens as possible below the Mason-Dixon line.

It meant 12 hours of driving at a stretch, but he loved it. On arrival, Firefighter Larsen, who was 35, headed for Space Mountain, where he usually rode solo. "He'd try to convince the kids to go on it," said his wife, Carolann. "Once he bribed them with a stuffed animal. They came off scared like anything."

His wife, Carolann was pregnant at the time of 9/11. Two days later September 13 she gave birth to another son. She named him "August" after her husband's father, the name Scott wanted. The other children are Marisa, 9; Brenda, 8; and Scott, 5."

With Llarson's namesake it really makes me hope that Llarson will make the program to do what he was born to do. To the Larsen family: I am sorry for your loss and I hope Llarson lives up to his namesake and becomes a protector of our country.

-Addie, Ggoody, and Llarson

P.S Llarson comes home Monday! Update on that later.

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