Ben Roethlisberger’s foundation donates to ISP, Avon Police Dept.

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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger warms up before the AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. Roethlisberger announced on Twitter Friday, April 7, 2017, that he’s told the Steelers he plans to be under center in 2017. “Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season,” Roethlisberger posted. “Steeler Nation will get my absolute best.” (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Pitsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roetherlisberger’s foundation has made a monetary donation to the Indiana State Police and Avon Police Departments.

Specifically, the donations will support both department’s K9 units.

Scott Kruger, president of the Indiana State Police Alliance, released the following statement following the announcement of the donation:

“The Indiana State Police Alliance has a proud history of supporting the K-9 program. The generous grant provided by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will promote the continued success of the state police K-9 program.”

Chief Sean Stoops with the Avon Police Department released the following statement:

“The Avon Police Department is humbled to learn that we were selected to receive the 2017 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation grant. This is an honor and privilege for the Avon Police Department, and we wish to thank Mr. Roethlisberger and his foundation for such a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact in our community. The Avon Police Department would also like to commend Mr. Roethlisberger for his passion, dedication and generosity that he has demonstrated throughout the United States to help law enforcement agencies. The Avon Police Department looks forward to partnering with the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation in the fight against illegal narcotic distribution, sales and abuse. The Foundation’s generosity will assist the Avon Police Department with the purchase of an additional K-9 unit that will be focused on the interdiction of illegal drugs such as heroin, and other dangerous opioids that have destroyed and taken so many lives. With this grant and the dedication of the men and women of the Avon Police Department, we now have the opportunity to substantially increase our resources to help reduce illegal drug activity in our community and potentially save lives.”

The Steelers defeated the Colts Sunday at 20-17 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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