Steelers Quarterback Goes To The Dogs, Again!
A new round of grants from his foundation will fund K-9s in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger loves animals. And he has a great respect for law enforcement. So it should come as no surprise that among the causes his Ben Roethlisberger Foundation supports is grants for K-9 units and service dogs. Since the effort started in 2007, the foundation has distributed more $1.8 million to K-9 programs.
Ben's foundation has sponsored K9s with the Pittsburgh PD.Ben Roethlisberger Foundation
The foundation just announced its latest round of grants which will go to the Beaver Falls Fire Department, Homestead Police Department, Butler Police Department, Connellsville Police Department, Indiana Township Police Department; and Uniontown Police Department all in southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Columbiana and Martins Ferry Police Departments in Ohio.
"I have had the opportunity to see first-hand how important the dogs are to these men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us," said Roethlisberger on the foundation website.
Here's a tribute video from the Foundation website with some of Ben's dogs in action -- once you watch them take down an officer in training, you won't want to be on the wrong end of one of these guys!
Beaver Falls firefighters will use their grant to support their arson detection dog, Patty. "Mr. Roethlisberger's love and support of canines is truly admirable and we cannot thank him enough," said Captain David Seidl. Columbiana will purchase and train a new dog to support the police department's HEAT (Hometown Enforcement Against Trafficking) program. "We attack three kinds of trafficking – Drug Trafficking, Human Trafficking and Trafficking in stolen goods. The addition of K-9 teams will be a major boost to those efforts," explained Columbiana PD Chief Tim Gladis.
K9 Knut is an explosive sniffing dog with the Ohio Fire Marshal's office.Ben Roethlisberger Foundation
Roethlisberger has also made a tradition out of "gifting" a dog in each market where the Steelers play during the regular season. The Essex County Sheriff's Department got a grant to add another K-9 to their unit when the Steelers played the Patriots in September. The Sacramento PD did the same when they received a grant the week the Steelers played the 49ers. When the Steelers played the Jets, the Foundation distributed grants to the Flemington Borough Police Department in New Jersey, and the Town of Kent Police Department in New York. They'll use their grants to buy training and safety equipment, like protective vests, for their K-9 team members.
Arlington, VA K9s got protective vests with their grant.Ben Roethlisberger Foundation