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Airdrie service dog wins Alberta Community Justice Award

Last Updated Jul 19, 2021 at 9:37 am MDT

Jake the service dog poses with his handler Deborah Reid. (Photo supplied)

AIRDRIE – A service dog employed in Airdrie is getting some provincial recognition.

Jake the trauma support dog and his handler court coordinator Deborah Reid are among this year’s winners of the Alberta Community Justice Award.

The province says the award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to preventing crime in Alberta’s communities.

Jake and Reid support victims of crime by helping them navigate the court system, probation processes and urgent care and hospital visits.

Jake the service dog poses with his handler Deborah Reid. (Photo supplied)


The five-year-old purebred black Labrador has worked on 47 court files and supported 89 victims since he got his job with the Airdrie RCMP detachment in Nov. 2019.

“Jake and I are so incredibly honoured to receive this prestigious award on behalf of Airdrie & District Victims Assistant Society,” said Reid in a release.

Jake’s coworkers and colleagues–including the mayor–are also celebrating his and Reid’s win.

“We are extremely proud of Debbie and Jake and very grateful that they’ve been recognized for the positive impact they’ve made in Airdrie and area,” said Mayor Peter Brown.

“This is well-deserved praise for the tremendous support they provide to some of our most vulnerable community members.”