Budzinski Honors Late Springfield Police K9 on House Floor

Mar 24, 2023
Press

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski took to the House Floor to recognize Thor, a beloved Springfield Police Department K9 that recently passed. Thor worked second watch for 8 years as a dual purpose police K9 until his retirement in 2019. During his career, he won multiple awards from the United States Police Canine Association Region 16. 

WATCH: Budzinski Honors Late Springfield Police K9 on House Floor

Budzinski’s remarks can be found below: 

I rise today to honor the service of a beloved member of the Springfield Police Department who recently passed — K9 Thor.

Thor worked second watch for 8 years as a dual purpose police K9 until his retirement in 2019. Trained in apprehending criminals and searching for evidence and narcotics, he played an important role in keeping our community safe. 

During his career, Thor won numerous awards at the United States Police Canine Association Region 16 Trials – including four perfect scores in suspect search and evidence search – distinctions that my little 20-pound Lulu just might not have cut it. 

When Thor wasn’t fighting crime – his favorite activity was chasing tennis balls at home and spending time with his family. 

As we reflect on Thor’s service to the Springfield community, we are reminded of the sacrifices that our law enforcement officers and their K9 partners make every day to keep us safe. 

Thank you, Thor, and thank you to all of the first responders in the Illinois 13th Congressional District for your dedication to service. 

WATCH: Budzinski Honors Late Springfield Police K9 on House Floor

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