K9 Thor

K9 Thor

Vicksburg Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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K9 Thor died of heat exhaustion after the patrol car's engine failed outside of the Vicksburg Police Department.

Thor remained in the vehicle as his handler went into the police station for less than 30 minutes. The patrol car's engine was left with the air conditioning running, but the engine shut off unexpectedly. Thor's handler rushed him to a veterinarian when he discovered him in distress, but they were unable to revive him.

K9 Thor had served with the Vicksburg Police Department for seven years and was credited with more than 60 felony apprehensions.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 8
  • Tour 7 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke

mechanical failure

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I am just now seeing this as of January 2021, but my father was the handler of K9 Thor. Thor’s passing broke the heart of our whole family and most of Vicksburg. The city saw him as a hero and we saw him as family. To see how many people honor Thor and all the amazing things people have said about him really brings a tear to my eye. Thor was my best friend and a true member of the Heggins family. We will forever love and miss him. Thank all of you for helping us keep the memory of Thor alive.

Brandon Heggins
Son of Thor’s handler

January 6, 2021

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