Sunday, September 04, 2011
Celebrity Sunday: Wilma Melville
Ok, You probably don't know Wilma Melville by name or by face, but I think her work is famous enough to give her celebrity Sunday honors. Wilma was a retired teacher when she trained her dog, Murphy, as a certified FEMA Advanced Disaster Search Dog. After being deployed to the Oklahoma City Bombing she discovered that only 15 of these specialized dogs existed in the United States. From this experience Melville founded the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. To date, Melville's organization has turned 131 shelter dogs into advanced disaster search dogs.