It all started because every day Schmitty would pass by Ladder Co. #25 on her way to Central Park to run and play. The firehouse was a 1/2 block away from where she lived. The firemen always petted Schmitty, gave her treats, and kidded her about her immense size. One day, some of the firemen were not there anymore. Instead there were all these flowers and candles in front of the station and a lot of people just staring and crying and hugging each other.
That's when Schmitty found out about the 9/11 disaster and how 9 brave firefighters from her neighborhood station were lost in the World Trade Center saving others. Schmitty was so sad. She just couldn't sit still. She's a terrier, remember? Schmitty just had to do something! She couldn't give blood and was too small to try and help in the "big dog" rescue efforts. So, Schmitty gave a donation to the families of the firefighters at Ladder Co. #25 along with a picture of her in patriotic red, white and blue sunglasses. Her firefighter friends hung it on the wall of the firehouse.
One day at the firestation, two women with tears running down their cheeks were pointing to Schmitty's picture and laughing. Then the women looked down and saw Schmitty walk by and they started smiling and hugging her.