Disaster Dogs of Illinois

"Lending paws in time of need, paws saving lives"


K-9 Handler
Jeremy Nordlund

Jeremy is a former Military Working Dog Handler and US Air Force combat veteran. In 2003 he attended the Military Working Dog Handler’s Course and the Kennel Master’s Course in 2009 in San Antonio, TX.  Jeremy spent three years overseas as an Explosive Detector Dog Handler and he has been apart of countless security details for the President of the United States, Ambassador’s for the U.S. and foreign dignitaries.  He has also been trained in disaster preparedness and emergency management and he is currently completing his degree in Homeland Security.  He is pictured with his pet “Knuckles”, a Cão de Fila de São
Miguel mix he rescued in Portugal.

Assignment: Leave of absents

K-9 Handler
Nicole Crawford

Nicole is a highly valued member of DDI working as a handler assistant and becoming a handler of K-9 candidate Coyote this past year.    

K-9 Handler
Bill Miller

Bill Miller is DDIs Founder and Operations Director.  He is a former Fir Chief, retired and U.S. Army Combat veteran.  Bill is handler for certified K-9s Ivan and Lilly and K-9 Candidates Echo and Padme.

Search and Rescue Specialist
Chuckles Cordes

Support Staff
Liz Nygaard


K-9 Handler
David Pawlowski

David, a Fire Fighter / Paramedic for Norwood Park Fire Department and Roselle Fire Protection District; has eight years of experience in Fire and Emergency Services and currently licensed in three EMS systems. David is a certified Fire Fighter with HAZMAT Awareness and is a National Association for Search And Rescue (NASAR) SARTECH III. He was the recipient of an Award for Valor in 2014. David is the primary handler for his dog K-9 candidate Hazel.

K-9 Handler
Zac Ranson

Zac is employed with a major shipping carrier as a Security Officer, he is a K-9 Handler and NASAR member. Zac is the primary handler for his K-9 candidate Freya 

K-9 Handler
Jackie Rickard

Jackie is freelance Graphic Designer and a valued member of DDI. She is the handler of K-9 candidate Mamba. 

K-9 Handler
Craig Christiansen

K-9 Handler
Maria Christiansen

K-9 Handler
Jenine Ellis

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