Steelers Quarterback Gives Donation to K-9 Unit
October 4, 2011

STEELERS QB CONNECTS WITH HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FOR BIG GAIN

 (news release from Sheriff’s Office) 

(HOUSTON, TX) — The Houston Texans came out as top dogs in their gritty football game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has now racked up an impressive statistic with the Sheriff’s Office and the law-abiding public in the Houston area.

Through his charitable foundation, “Big Ben” donated $9,000 that will be used to provide the Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit with a dog trained in narcotics detection and patrol assistance. The gift will add a 16th dog to the team.

Two days after cheering the Texans’ victory, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia expressed thanks and cheered today for the 6-foot-5 quarterback’s big heart.

“Ben Roethlisberger scored big on the field that matters most to me – keeping Harris County safe!,” said Garcia, a Houston native who has rooted for the Texans and Oilers to triumph over the Steelers for years. “Increasing the number of K-9s that can detect drugs, bombs and hidden humans has been important in my effort to keep our community as crime-free as possible.”

“Maybe it helps that we both wear Black and Gold!” Garcia added, referring to the Steelers and Sheriff’s Office uniform colors.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributes grants to police and fire departments in Pittsburgh and the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers this season. The Foundation invited law enforcement agencies in the nine cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.

The foundation worked through The Giving Back Fund and K9s4cops of Houston to provide the funds to the Sheriff’s Office. The donation of a dog acquired with Roethlisberger funding will be submitted for approval by Harris County Commissioners Court. K9s4cops donated dogs to the Sheriff’s Office in April.

(KK Schiller is the founder of K9s4Cops)

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Donated K-9 Deputies Report For Duty At Harris County Sheriff’s Office
April 7, 2011

 HCSO’S NEWEST K-9 DEPUTIES   

(HOUSTON, TX) – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) welcomes four of its newest members – K-9 Deputies Boomer, Fozzie, Mikey and Tamara.

On April 5, Commissioner’s Court approved the donation of the animals from K-9’s 4 Cops, a nonprofit organization that provides law enforcement agencies with specially trained canines. The K-9 deputies are highly trained dogs that can detect controlled substances, explosives, suspects, and missing or lost people.

“This is a tremendous donation,” said Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “With current budget constraints we are extremely grateful to K-9’s 4 Cops for the addition of these newest members to the HCSO. These trained dogs are valuable partners to our law enforcement community.”

The donation consists of two Belgian Malinois, one giant Schnauzer and one German Shepherd and brings the HCSO K-9 units to a total of 13.

A big thank you to K-9’s 4 Cops!

(FROM 2 ON THE BEAT)

K-9;s 4 Cops is the brainchild  of Houston socialite Kristi Hoss Schiller.  (pictured with Sheriff Garcia and former Harris County Judge Rocke Eckels)  Kristi has brains, beauty and a big heart for taking on such an important project.