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Cecil Williams and his hero guide dog miraculously survived a tumble onto the subway tracks, and, thanks to the kindness of strangers, Williams now has a second faithful companion. (Image/TODAY)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Orlando’s going to get a much-needed break.

During a routine trip downtown this past December, Cecil Williams took a terrible fall  on an Upper Manhattan subway platform, Cecil Williams’ devoted seeing-eye dog, Orlando, jumped into the train bed to do what he was trained to; protect his master.

“Orlando was like my angel, and he’s always been that since I got him,” Williams said. “We work together. I protect him and he protects me.”

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Well, it was a good day for man and dog, as both survived the terrifying ordeal with minimal injuries. The generosity of strangers allowed Orlando to stay in Williams’ care in the days following his fall. As of yesterday, Orlando is headed for retirement as Williams has a new seeing eye dog, a golden lab named Godiva.

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“After a while, Orlando will learn he can put his feet up and it’s going to be Godiva’s turn to work,” said Michelle Brier, a spokeswoman for the organization told TODAY.

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Williams reiterates how blessed he was to have Orlando on that afternoon and now with lady Godiva to allow Orlando to enjoy the sunshine and dog beds and treats.

“I feel that I was blessed with Orlando, right? And now I’m being blessed again,” he said. “He saved me, and now she’s coming along to carry on where he left off,” Williams said told TODAY.