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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office just got a big boost from an unlikely source.

A generous donation is helping out the Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit. One guy that is not happy with Houston is Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. We sent him home on crutches after the Texans’ 17-10 victory. But, Big Ben as they call him, seems to have a big heart after making a big donation benefiting the HCSO.

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Roethlisberger repays Detroit with K-9 cops

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is donating two K-9 unit dogs to Detroit – the city that gave him his first Super Bowl championship.

Roethlisberger, who will be in town Sunday to play the Lions at Ford Field, will pay for two dogs that will replace a pair of retiring dogs from the Detroit Police Department at the end of the year.

Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans said he is grateful.

“We are deeply appreciative to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for this grant,” Evans said. “In these difficult budgetary times, we must rely more and more on outside sources of funding to support our officers’ efforts. This grant will provide our officers additional resources to protect the citizens of Detroit.”

The star quarterback is the founder of The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which distributes grants to police and fire departments in Pittsburgh and cities of each regular season road opponent for the Steelers.

“It’s incredible to see the strong bond that is formed between the dogs and their partners both on the job and at home,” Roethlisberger said in a statement.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.bigben7.com or www.givingback.org.

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Ben Roethlisberger donates police dog to Cook County Sheriff Canine Unit

Ben Roethlisberger comes to Soldier Field this weekend bearing gifts.

The Super Bowl champion quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the first grant of the year for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at the Giving Back Fund will go to the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Canine Unit, according to a press release.

The department will use the grant to purchase a new police dog to replace one that recently retired.

“It’s incredible to see the strong bond that is formed between the dogs and their partners both on the job and at home,” Roethlisberger said in the release.

Adding another dog to the canine unit “will enable our department to even better serve the citizens of Cook County,” said Sheriff Tom Dart. We are honored to be the first recipient of this year’s grant and thank the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for its generous support to local law enforcement.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger Helps Boston Police K-9 Unit

On Friday, November 28, 2008, Pittsburgh Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger announced the sixth grant in the 2008 grant cycle of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The foundation invited police and fire departments in nine cities to submit proposals detailing their needs. In Boston, the department sought and received financial assistance for the purchase of K-9 vehicle bailout systems. The systems, which attach to the rear door of police vehicles, enable officers to automatically release the canine from the vehicle in the event of emergency.

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, “Last year it was an honor and a privilege to work with police and fire departments in and around the Pittsburgh area as well as with others around the country. We 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. It’s incredible to see the strong bond that is formed between the dogs and their partners both on the job and at home.”

Upon hearing the news that their department would receive the grant, Sergeant Francis Flynn of the Boston Police stated, “On behalf of the Boston Police K9 Unit, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ben Roethlisberger and the Foundation for their generosity and dedication to public safety. This grant will allow us to secure equipment that will greatly enhance both officer and canine safety. This is the second year we have received this grant, and we continue to be impressed with Ben’s dedication to supporting our community. ”

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation seeks to provide support for police and fire departments throughout the US.

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Boston Police Dogs Get New Bullet-Proof Vests

Go, Big Ben!!!

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Ten police dogs were given bullet proof vests to help keep them safe on the streets.

The MSPCA presented the vests during a ceremony on Tuesday.

The vests were purchased by the MSPCA with the help of a grant from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger through the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and the Giving Back Fund.

“Police officers risk their lives daily to protect our communities and this includes the K9 units that are on the front lines, in harm’s way,” said MSPCA-Angell president Carter Luke. “We must ensure that canine officers are protected when facing incredibly dangerous situations.”

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation seeks to support police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in cities where Roethlisberger has played football.

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