CLINTON — A locally known canine has been rewarded for his work.

K-9 Trax, a member of the Emergency K-9 Operations Search and Rescue Team and the Clinton County Sheriff's Reserve, has received an honorable mention in Search and Rescue by the American Kennel Club in its sixth Awards for Canine Excellence program.

The awards are designed to commemorate loyal, hard-working dogs that have made significant contributions to the safety and well-being of their community.

They are presented annually to dogs in each of the following five categories: Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Therapy, Service and Exemplary Companion Dog.

Trax, owned and trained by Bill and Lois Hall of Clinton, began his search training when he was 10 weeks old and has been serving Clinton and the surrounding communities for the past seven years.

Trax has assisted agencies in four states on more than 175 searches involving lost and missing children and adults, wandering elderly, evidence recovery, drownings and human remains recovery.

In addition to assisting local agencies with their search and rescue missions, Trax is active in school and community programs, DARE, Safety Town and National Night Out.

As a nationally certified Therapy Dog, Trax also visits the Ronald McDonald House, Sarah Harding Home and Genesis Medical Center.

“Each year, we are astounded by the extraordinary stories of heroism, loyalty and companionship of our ACE Award nominees,” said Ron Rella, AKC Director of Project Administration and member of the judging panel.

“The ACE Awards are truly special, because not only are we able to honor canines that have valiantly served the community, but we are able to show the world what dogs can really accomplish.”