LCSO K-9 Dax and Handler John Forlenza Honored by State House of Representatives

LCSO Deputy John Forlenza with his trusty K-9 Dax were honored recently by the Illinois House of Representatives for outstanding and heroic work. – LCSO

by Tina Johansson

For tracking down a fleeing offender in Fox River Grove who had attacked a police officer, Lake County Sheriff’s deputy John Forlenza and his K-9 partner Dax have been honored by the Illinois House of Representatives.

On May 10, Deputy Forlenza and Dax, responding to a call for help by Fox River Police, found the offender who was crouched down trying to hide. Dax barked aggressively and the suspect, a sexual predator wanted on several felony arrest warrants surrendered, according to the sheriff’s office. He was taken into custody without further incident.


For their heroic acts, they were recently presented with a letter of recognition from the 99th General Assembly of the Illinois House of Representatives with State Rep. Ed Sullivan of 51st District(R-Mundelein) as the sponsor.

Calling Deputy Forlenza and Dax a hard-working team who help keep Lake County safe, Sheriff Mark Curran said, “I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts and dedication of the people of Lake County.”

Lake County Under Sheriff Ray Rose pointed out that the sheriff’s office has four canine teams. “Our four-legged deputies and their handlers have located numerous missing endangered people in addition to taking large quantities of drugs off the streets.”

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