Honors and Awards

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

Parents of Murdered Children – The North Texas Chapter – 2000 Certificate of Appreciation and Award

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

United States Police Canine Association/Region Three – 2002 Plaque and medal in recognition for services at the Pentagon.

Department of the Treasury/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) – Appreciation Plaque for assistance at a large fire scene.

National Disaster Medical Systems – Recognition for work after Oklahoma Tornado Recovery Deployment

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 – 2002 Recognition of assistance in searches and locating the remains in the Madalyn Murray O’Hair, her son, granddaughter and the head and hands of Danny Fry, one of the killers.

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

Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team – Certificate of Recognition for Hurricane Katrina Deployment.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 2005 Recognition for “exceptional service” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina – South Mississippi

Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team/National Disaster Medical Systems – Certificate in recognition of outstanding performance in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - Morgue Operations, St. Gabriel, Louisiana

State of Oklahoma Offices of the Chief Medical Examiner – 1999 Letter of Appreciation for assistance.

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 – Letter of Appreciation

The City of Midland, Texas - Letter of Appreciation for speaking at an Advanced Homicide Investigation school.

Texas Division of the International Association for Identification 73RD Annual Educational Conference – Letter of Appreciation as Speaker

Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team – Certificate of Appreciation for assistance in Del Rio, Texas flash flood

Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association – Certificate of Appreciation

The Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Pet Hall of Fame – 1999 Recognition for Mercy’s victim recovery work after tornadoes.

Texas Department of Health Emergency Management Services Conference – Letter of Appreciation as Speaker

National Disaster Medical Systems – Certificate of Appreciation for deployment to Hurricane Ike recovery 2008

American Kennel Club – Award for efforts in September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

National Association for Search and Rescue – 2002 Recognition of work on Canine Scent Projects

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

Texas Tech University/Health Science Center – Letter of Appreciation for Guest Faculty/Speaker at Medicolegal Death Investigation Forensic Science Seminar.

National Search Dog Alliance – Certificate of Appreciation for Instructing at National Seminar

Louisiana Search and Rescue Team – Certificate of Appreciation for Instructing at National Seminar