Wilma Melville Named ABC World News Person of the Week

Wilma Melville and Loretta Swit

ABC World News Person of the Week

On September 30, 2011, SDF founder Wilma Melville (pictured left with Loretta Swit) was featured as “Person of the Week” on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. The piece aired as the final segment of a three-part series on retirement called "Second Acts,” and features Wilma at the site of the future National Training Center, and Search Teams Linda Tacconelli & Joe and Deresa Teller & Ranger in action. http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/abandoned-pups-rescue-dogs-14644313


CNN Hero Nominee

Every year CNN selects 24 men and women as CNN Heroes: “everyday people changing the world.” This year Wilma was selected from thousands of candidates around the world for this top honor. She was chosen for her vision, passion, and determination in building an organization that partners rescued dogs with firefighters to save lives. The piece features Search Teams Eric Gray & Riley, Ron Horetski & Pearl, Billy Monahan & Hunter. http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/09/01/cnnheroes.melville.search.dogs/index.html



In 2007, Wilma won the “Purpose Prize,” a prestigious award given to three Americans each year. It was presented by Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank that celebrates people who using creating new ways to solve tough social problems in their golden years. http://www.encore.org/Wilma-Melville