Porter County Sheriff's Office

Lieutenant Dennis Replin Court Security

County Courthouse Mourns Security Chief

Friday, October 03, 2008 By Ken Kosky NWItimes

The Porter County Sheriff's Office lowered its flags to half-staff, and security officers at the Porter County Courthouse wore black bands across their badges Thursday after learning that the head of security, Lt. Dennis Replin, had lost his prolonged fight with pancreatic, liver and stomach cancer.

Replin died Thursday morning at home.  Replin, who worked at Bethlehem Steel for 36 years before joining court security, also served on the Portage Park Board, once participated in a sports show on Channel 56 and filmed high school football.  Porter County Sheriff David Lain said he got to spend a couple of days with Replin when they attended a seminar together in Indianapolis.  "He was just a very positive, upbeat personality," Lain said.  "Dennis was always looking for the best in people."  Replin's co-workers said his family was very important to him, and he considered the courthouse to be his second home. While battling his illness, he held onto hope that he would be able to come back to work.  "He will be missed. He was just a great person to work for," said Cpl. Jackie Hrezo, of court security.  Hrezo said she will remember Replin's laughter. Replin often gave courthouse visitors a smile, a joke and a personal greeting.  Replin was also a big NASCAR racing fan and got to drive and ride in NASCAR race cars through a fantasy camp called the Richard Petty Driving Experience.


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