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Book Reading and Signing at Penn Station

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Uploaded on Jun 11, 2010

A dog is not only man's best friend but also the Long Island Rail Road's. That is definitely the case when it comes to Roxey, the LIRR's mascot and good will ambassador. Roxey was known and celebrated by railroad employees and customers alike during the early part of the 20th century. The medium sized canine was even recognized by President Teddy Roosevelt, himself a frequent LIRR traveler when he visited his Sagamore Hill home.

A special ceremony was held on May 25, 2010 at Penn Station to recognize Roxey's memorable life and a new children's book "Miles of Smiles: The Story of Roxey, the Long Island Rail Road Dog" by Long Island author Heather Worthington and illustrator Bill Farnsworth, published by Blue Marlin Publications in Bay Shore. The book retells the heartwarming story of Roxey. LIRR President Helena Williams said, "The humanity and dedication shown to Roxey are traits that continue to shine brightly today among our employees and customers. We hope Roxey's story will inspire excitement about train travel among a whole new generation of LIRR customers."

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