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”.

(Credit: Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

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.

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Sheriff John Idleburg says this is just one of the many outstanding performances by Dax and his partner, Deputy John Forlenza.

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“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”.

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The duo was among over 100 nominated for the award.