Winnebago County K-9 helps track down, rescue suicidal man

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- A new Winnebago County K-9 is credited for helping police find a suicidal subject who survived an overdose Thursday morning.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department responded to a call for a suicidal subject around 8:45 a.m. in the 2100 block of Welworth Avenue east of Rockford city limits.

Officials say a man consumed a large amount of prescription medication in an attempt to commit suicide.

Deputy Eric Pearson and new K-9 Sadie responded to the scene and located a scent to track down the man. He was found several blocks away from their home.

After finding the subject, emergency crews were called to the area to take him to a hospital. Officials say he survived an intentional overdose.

Sadie was one of two new bloodhounds acquired by the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department through an anonymous donation​ in October.