Issue Date: 
July 21, 2008


Training and equipment were made available for the Pitt Police canine, Officer Riggs, through the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which donated nearly $100,000 to Pittsburgh-area police and fire department K-9 units. Dog lover Ben Roethlisberger, who also plays quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, donated the money because, he said, he wanted “to recognize and support the men and women in the police and fire departments who risk their lives to protect our communities and keep us safe. Since I happen to love dogs, this program is a unique way to contribute to K-9 units in different cities that play a vital role in assisting police and fire efforts.” Pictured (from left) are Roethlisberger; Pitt Police Chief Tim Delaney; Pitt Police Officer David Nanz; Allegheny County Deputy District Attorney Tom Swan; and Rob Cochran, president and CEO of #1 Cochran, one of the foundation’s major supporters.