EXPIRED: 05/16/10 – Thor Miller, 13, was an American White Shepherd and a dedicated servant, whether it was during the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on at the Pentagon, or making sure that no crumb lasted more than 5 seconds on the kitchen floor.
Thor – whose original name was Hoofprint Phantom Thor, knew his role and he carried it out with grace and style.
The son of Malibu and Genie, Thor came from breeder Joanne Chanyi. He was certified as a search and rescue canine and a human remains detection (cadaver) dog by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management during owner Blair Miller’s tenure as a member of the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department.
Thor and Blair served together on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s first Urban Search and Rescue Team (VA-TF1) and later were often called upon by local, state and federal law enforcement to assist in searches of a criminal nature. His most significant deployments was the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 where he served at the Pentagon at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.He was also helpful in the recovery of the remains of Chandra Levy.
In 2008 Thor was awarded the Marcella F. Fierro, M.D. Outstanding Forensic Faculty Award by the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science & Medicine for his service educating the law enforcement and forensic community.
When he retired from service, he kept Judy Miller, Blair’s wife, company day in and day out. Wade, Eddie and Ranger rounded out Thor’s family. Early this morning Thor Miller died of what appears to have been the rapid onset of kidney failure. He would have been 14 years old this October.
I firmly believe all dogs know each other. So today, give an extra hug to your very own – or say hello to a dog you pass on the street – and in doing so – give thanks to Thor.