Chicago (CBS) — He’s always been a hero to his colleagues, but now Dax, a member of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 unit, is officially “K9 of the Year”.
Throughout his time with the department, Dax has found a missing suicidal woman in the woods; located a dangerous domestic violence suspect after he choked and battered a woman; and took down a robbery suspect even after the suspect punched Dax.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Overnight Storm Threat
Sheriff John Idleburg says this is just one of the many outstanding performances by Dax and his partner, Deputy John Forlenza.READ MORE: Chicago Lead Water Pipe Replacement Program Hasn't Started, But It's Already Being Expanded
“Great things happen when there is a strong law-enforcement partnership with the community we serve, and this is a perfect example. I couldn’t be prouder of K9 Dax and his partner Deputy Forlenza,” Idleburg said.
Over the course of just a few weeks, Dax received more than 9,500 votes as the Valor Foundation’s “K9 of the Year”.MORE NEWS: With COVID On Rise, Some Bars Are Willing To Require Proof Of Vaccinations To Avoid Another Shutdown
The duo was among over 100 nominated for the award.