With the 4th of July less than a month away, we want to make your celebration with us as smooth as possible. Please find parking information that will be in effect during the Oak Lawn Park District and Village of Oak Lawn’s Fireworks display at Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave., along with the Oak Lawn Park District’s Party in the Park event at Memorial Park, 102nd & Major, on Wednesday, July 4th: 

Richard High School’s entire South Lot on 107th Street will be closed for resurfacing.

107th Street will be closed to traffic. 

Parking during these events will be available at the following locations:

* Oak Lawn Park District Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, 10444 S. Central Ave. *

* Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th St. & Kostner Ave. (police patrols on the paths guiding patrons to the Fireworks display) *

* Memorial Park, 102nd & Major *

* Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St. *


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The Oak Lawn Police Department’s K9 unit was started in 1996. The department’s first police service dog was K9 Balt. K9 Balt was a German Shepard from Germany. Balt’s handler was Sgt. Joseph Stubbs. While assisting the DEA, K9 Balt found over 1200 kilos of cocaine hidden inside large cardboard boxes of carrots. That discovery lead to the seizure of over $5 million in cash. After a successful career K9 Balt was retired in the fall of 2004 due to health reasons.

K9 Ajax was the department’s second police service dog. K9 Ajax is also a German Shepard from Germany. K9 Ajax was trained at Landheim Kennels in Indiana . He served Oak Lawn from July of 2001 to 2008. K9 Ajax’s handler was Ofc. Dan Vittorio. K9 Ajax has helped locate several offenders and has assisted the department’s Tactical Unit in locating narcotics.

The third addition to the unit is K9 Dante. K9 Dante is a Belgian Malinois. K9 Dante and his handler Officer Gerald Vetter graduated from the Cook County K9 Training Academy in July of 2006. K9 Dante served Oak Lawn till October 22, 2013 when he passed away from illness.

The fourth addition to the unit is K9 Lucifer. K9 Lucifer is a Belgian Malinois from the Czech Republic. His handler is Ofc. Steve McNeela. They have been serving the department since 2008.

Our latest K9 is Edo.K9 Edo is a Belgian Malinois also from the Czech Republic. His handler is Ofc. Finbar Haran. They have been serving the department since 2014.

All dogs are trained as “Dual Purpose” service dogs. This means that as well as detecting drugs, the dogs can also track both suspected criminals and lost people, search an area or building foe hidden suspects, and protect their handler.

The K9 officers also enjoy getting out and meeting the public with their dogs. You can see them at village fests and block parties.

For More information on police service dogs check out the following web site: