Lake County Students Named The Newest Sheriff’s Canines

The names of the two newest sheriff’s canines have been announced by Sheriff John D. Idleburg and the Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Unit. Lake County’s youth submitted name suggestions for the new canines between March 4 and March 25, 2022. Nearly 400 children voted for their favorite dog’s name.

Canine Axel and Canine Echo are the names we chose for our two newest pups. Ethan Jacobs, a sophomore at Deerfield High School, and Matthew Prigorenko and Carson Alper, sixth graders at Vernon Hills Hawthorn Middle School, chose the name, Axel.

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Charlotte Regner, a kindergarten student at Millburn Elementary School, chose the name Echo. Following the conclusion of the initial training, all four students will be asked to attend K9 Echo & Axel’s swearing-in ceremony in late June.

Canine Echo was coupled with Deputy Tyler Girmscheid, and Canine Axel was partnered with Deputy Kevin Gauer. At Tops K9 in Grayslake, the two deputies and their new canine partners are undergoing an intensive eight-week first training program. Canine psychology, obedience, agility, tracking, smell detection, and other skills are included in the training.

“We always like getting the youngsters engaged in many facets of our office,” Sheriff Idleburg remarked, “and I have to admit, the names they suggested were excellent!” The names of some of the submissions had inspirational meanings, while others made us laugh. We’re excited for Ethan, Matthew, Carson, and Charlotte to be a part of their swearing-in ceremony.”

Axel and Echo join the Lake County Sheriff’s Canines Dax, Duke, Danno, Ryker, and Boomer, bringing the total number of Sheriff’s Canines to seven. Thanks to student submissions, two new police canines in the north suburbs now have names.

The names Axel and Echo were picked after over 4,000 ideas from kids, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. All four kids involved in the naming will be invited to the “swearing-in” ceremony for the K-9s in late June, after the dogs have completed their basic training, according to Covelli.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a naming contest for its newest canine addition, and area students are encouraged to submit names. The sheriff’s office expects to get its fifth dog later this month, which will be a German shepherd between the ages of 12 and 2.

Sheriff John Idleburg said, “I could not be more proud of the service our canine teams provide to the Lake County community.” “I’m grateful that the Lake County Board recognized their efforts and gave us permission to grow our canine team.”

The D.A.S. Charitable Fund for the Preservation of Feline Animal Life gave the county board a $20,000 award in February. It was the sheriff’s office’s fifth year receiving the money, which is used to pay for food, training, and medical care for its dogs.

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