Honors and Awards

In addition to an abundance of citations and letters of commendation from law enforcement agencies and fire departments and cities, the following are some of the other honors Vi has received:

Parents of Murdered Children – The North Texas Chapter

United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison – 2002 Letter of recognition for services at the Pentagon

United States Police Canine Association/Region Three 

Department of the Treasury/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) 

National Disaster Medical Systems 

United States of America/Department of Health & Human Services/Office of Emergency Preparedness/DMORT Team – 2001 Recognition for work at the Pentagon.

Federal Bureau of Investigation - many comendations

United States Department of Homeland Security/Secretary Tom Ridge – certificate of acknowledgement in being a Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 

Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team/National Disaster Medical Systems 

State of Oklahoma Offices of the Chief Medical Examiner .

Midland County Texas Sheriff’s Office – Upon the death of K9 “Mercy” in 2002, Vi received a Letter of Commendation for assistance in numerous cases and Mercy was posthumously bestowed the honorary rank of Sergeant and presented with Sergeant stripes.

Texas Department of Public Safety 

Texas Division of the International Association for Identification 

Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team 

Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association 

The Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Pet Hall of Fame 

Texas Department of Health Emergency Management Services Conference 

National Disaster Medical Systems 

American Kennel Club 

National Association for Search and Rescue 

National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crimes, FBI Academy Quantico, VA/K9 Search and Rescue Research Project 

Texas Tech University/Health Science Centerfor Guest Faculty/Speaker at Medicolegal Death Investigation Forensic Science Seminar.

National Search Dog Alliance