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Lake County Sheriff K-9 finds man suffering from heroin overdose

Country's top law enforcement dog rescues endangered man

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy John Forlenza and his K-9 partner Dax found a Johnsburg man who fled from his home after overdosing on heroin Monday.

Johnsburg police responded to reports of an overdose about 1:30 a.m. Monday in the 3800 block of Buchanan Road, said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

According to police reports, a 45-year-old Johnsburg man ingested heroin and was showing signs of an overdose. Other individuals in the residence on Buchanan Road administered naloxone, the generic form of Narcan, in an attempt to revive him and called 911, Covelli said.

Before police and paramedics arrived, the man regained consciousness and fled the residence on foot. After searching for the man unsuccessfully, Johnsburg police enlisted the help of Deputy Forlenza and K-9 Dax who arrived on the scene about 1:43 a.m., Covelli said.

Forlenza and K-9 Dax initiated a track using the man’s scent and tracked him for about a quarter of a mile through yards and across streets, Covelli said.

The pair found the man in the backyard of a Johnsburg residence. The man was taken to an area hospital for medical evaluation, Covelli said.

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