Orange County Mayor Presents AKC Humane Fund Award For Canine Excellence (Ace)

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings Presents AKC Humane Fund Award For Canine Excellence (Ace).

Orlando, FL – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, welcomed Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings at the 2019 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin on Sunday, December 15th to present the AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) in the Uniformed Services Dog Category.

The ACE Awards celebrate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities in different categories. The Uniformed Services category awards a full-time working K-9 in the realms of city, county, state, or federal law enforcement; the military; firefighting; customs and border patrol; or emergency services.

K-9 Summer, a Labrador Retriever handled by Sergeant Micah Jones was honored with the 2019 ACE Award in the Uniformed Services category. A retired Military Working Dog, K-9 Summer now serves the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as an Explosive Detection Dog (EDD) with the Amtrak Police Department in Washington D.C.

Mayor Demings was sworn in on Dec. 4, 2018 as the 5th elected Mayor of Orange County and oversees more than 8,000 Orange County employees as the County’s chief executive officer. An Orlando native, Mayor Demings previously served as Sheriff of Orange County, Florida, Chief of the Orlando Police Department and Director of Public Safety for Orange County, Florida.

“We were honored to have the Orange County Mayor, Jerry. L. Demings, present one of the esteemed ACE Awards,” said Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary for the American Kennel Club. “Orlando has been home to the AKC National Championship since 2011, and with the Mayor’s extensive law enforcement background, we couldn’t find a better fit to present K-9 Summer with this honor.”


The AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) were presented during evening judging at the 2019 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Re-airing of live event coverage can be found on, available online, on the app and Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Altice.



About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit
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