Roethlisberger Foundation awards 9 grants to purchase dogs

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Seven Western Pennsylvania public safety agencies and a hospital will receive grants from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to purchase dogs, the organization announced today.

In Allegheny County, Forest Hills and North Fayette police, Eureka Fire-Rescue-EMS in Tarentum, and UPMC Presbyterian Hospital were awarded grants. Elsewhere, New Sewickley police in Beaver County, Washington city police, Edinboro police in Erie County and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, also will receive grants, the foundation said in a press release.

A ninth grant will go to a police department in Martins Ferry, Ohio, near Wheeling, W.Va., bringing the total to $77,000.

The endowments were part of the foundation's seventh grant cycle. It distributed $157,600 in grants to K-9 units in police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each Steelers' regular season away games for the 2013-14 season.

Earlier this week, the foundation announced a grant for the Pittsburgh police department, whose 8-year-old German Shepherd, Rocco, was fatally stabbed by a suspect last month in Lawrenceville.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation was established in 2007 after a police dog was shot to death in Findlay, Ohio, the hometown of the Steelers' quarterback.

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