SHOUT OUT: Fort Lee police are getting a new dog for their K-9 unit, thanks to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, whose Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the New York Jets in East Rutherford today.
Fort Lee and Fairfield police are the second and third police departments to receive grants this football season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.
“This grant will enable Fort Lee to expand our K-9 unit and enhance the safety of our community through proactive patrols which combat drugs and criminal activity,” Fort Lee Police Chief Keith bendul said.
Fairfield police said they plan to use the funds to outfit a K-9 vehicle with a rear seat insert, automatic door opening system and fan, all for the dog’s safety.
Roethlisberger’s foundation is distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers.
It is also distributing several grants to the Pittsburgh area and will consider a grant to a non-NFL market city in the United States for each playoff game in which the Steelers play — a dicey proposition this season, considering the team’s 0-4 record going into today’s game.
It’s the seventh season in which the foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. It also supports Make-A-Wish.
Last year, the foundation distributed more than $135,000 in grants to K-9 units throughout the country. Since 2007, the total is nearly $1 million.