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Ben Roethlisberger Foundation gives to Wheeling Police Department

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A special grant was given to the Wheeling Police Department on Wednesday.

The department received a $10,000 check from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to help the K-9 program.

"The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation does a lot of good things in the community, and we're happy to be a part of that, and (we’re) certainly very thankful that they recognized the Wheeling Police Department to make a contribution to our K-9 unit,” Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said.

Schwertfeger, along with some K-9 handlers, joined the Community Impact Coalition on Wednesday morning for a check presentation.

The impact coalition worked with the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at the giving back fund to obtain the grant.

“It feels great to help them out” said Lori Garett-Bumba from the Communication Impact Coalition. “They have helped us out so much over the past few years. Since 2005, they partnered with us for Project Sticker Shock and prescription drug takebacks and the very first med return box here in the state of West Virginia.”

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation supports police and fire departments throughout the country -- especially the K-9 units.

"We outfitted one of our brand new cruisers that you see over here with that money and there's a lot involved with a K-9 specific vehicle," Schwertfeger said.

Schwertfeger says they already have five K-9s, who are such a valuable asset to the officers.

"We have four narcotics dogs and a bomb dog,” Schwertfeger said. “We're one of the few departments in the area that has an explosives detection dog.

“It's a great community policing initiative, or tool, and these handlers are awesome. They're really good working with children, members of the community and they are always there for me."

The Community Impact Coalition is grateful for the police department's support, and they hope to continue working together in the future.

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