MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is helping out a local police department.
The Middletown Police Department is receiving a grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at the Giving Back Fund.
Roethlisberger grew up in Findlay, Ohio and played college ball at Miami.
The Middletown Police Department will use the grant to update their training equipment and facilities including construction of six kennels. The facility is used for the training purposes of Middletown canines and handlers, as well as those of the city of Monroe, city of Kettering, City of Oxford and Miami University.
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is distributing grants to police and fire departments in Pittsburgh and in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2010 season. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments in the nine cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.
"We'd like to express our appreciation for this generous gift from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation," said Middletown Police Chief Greg Schwarber. "Mr. Roethlisberger is a true supporter of canine programs and in the tough economic times, it's gratifying to see a professional athlete like this step in and provide funding for a project that otherwise would not get done."