The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has named Chase, a 4-year-old German shepherd, as the "K-9 of the Year."
Chase got his award at a ceremony on Saturday.
Chase's two handlers credited the dog with discovering 76-year-old Dr. Jerome Nadler on Thursday in a Smithtown nature preserve.
He had been reported missing on Monday, after he had gone fly-fishing. Nadler was semiconscious and likely suffering from exposure when he was found, in a clearing surrounded by brush and thickets.
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