The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce three sheriff’s deputies received the 2022 Kiwanis Club of Zion Benton’s ‘Lee J. Fischer Officer of the Year Award.’
Detective Lana LeMons is a 13-year-veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. She has served in the Highway Patrol Division, Court Security Division, and Criminal Investigations Division. Detective LeMons plays a critical role in major investigations including homicide investigations. In addition to her work at the sheriff’s office, she serves as an investigator for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. Detective LeMons is a certified evidence technician, juvenile officer, hostage negotiator, lead homicide investigator, electronic device forensic analysist, and she oversees the sheriff’s office sexual offender registration program.
Deputy Alex Dador is a 24-year-veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Dador currently serves in the Highway Patrol Division on midnight shift. To date, Deputy Dador has removed 170 drunk or drugged drivers from our roadways. Additionally, he has taken a lead-role in serving orders of protection. The service of these orders is of vital importance in protecting those who may not be able to protect themselves, and Deputy Dador goes above and beyond to locate and serve the respondent of the orders. Just this year, he has already served over 175 orders and has a service clearance rate of nearly 90%.
Detective Leo Ascencio is a 3-year-veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Ascencio has served in the Highway Patrol Division and Sheriff’s Special Investigations Group. Detective Ascencio is described as having an outstanding work ethic, positive attitude, and great care and regard for the community. Detective Ascencio has been able to deescalate a number of extremely tense situations, utilizing his calm demeanor and communication skills. As a Special Investigations Detective, he plays a crucial role in combating gang, drug, and gun violence throughout Lake County. He continually mentors the newer generation of deputies and is held in high regard by his colleagues.
Sheriff John D. Idleburg said, “I am so incredibly proud of Alex, Lana, and Leo. They routinely go above and beyond the call of duty to serve our Lake County community. From our correctional officers, to our civilian professional employees, to our sworn-staff, we have a tremendous group of talented and dedicated men and women within our organization.”