Two families share their grief of losing loved ones to drug overdoses in DeKalb County during the pandemic

“I want my Dawnie back ... and she’s never coming back,” grandmother says.

JANUARY 1, 2019 THROUGH FEBRUARY 29, 2020DRUG OVERDOSE RELATED CALLS
DeKalb Police Department27
Sycamore Police Department6
Genoa Police Department7
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office12
DeKalb County Coroner’s Office13 (total recorded deaths in county)
MARCH 1, 2020 THROUGH MAY 7, 2021DRUG OVERDOSE RELATED CALLS
DeKalb Police Department29
Sycamore Police Department5
Genoa Police Department8
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office13
DeKalb County Coroner’s Office23 (total recorded deaths in county)
Katie Finlon

Katie Finlon

Katie Finlon covers local government and breaking news for DeKalb County in Illinois. She has covered local government news for Shaw Media since 2018 and has had bylines in Daily Chronicle, Kendall County Record newspapers, Northwest Herald and in public radio over the years.