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Atlanta Dan
09-06-2007, 03:07 PM
Virtually on the eve of the season opener in Cleveland between longtime bitter rivals the Steelers and Browns, a press release today announced that Roethlisberger is giving a grant to the Cleveland Police's K-9 Unit.

"The grant will be distributed to the Cleveland Division of Police's Canine Unit to purchase an explosive detection canine, dog training, and a canine protective vest," the news release from Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner, read.

"It's something we decided to do, my foundation is doing, after the police dog in my hometown got shot and killed. We decided to do it for every away city I play in and every time we play at home - pick a department here in Pittsburgh to donate to," Roethlisberger said today.

:thumbsup:

Great gesture by Ben - think this give's Vick's attorneys any ideas?


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07249/815162-100.stm

ShutDown24
09-06-2007, 03:09 PM
That's great.

MasterOfPuppets
09-06-2007, 03:12 PM
the fact that a citizen has to provide these things,proves that the government isn't doing everything it can to protect the people from terrorism....kudos to ben :thumbsup:

Preacher
09-06-2007, 03:14 PM
Good for him.

rog
09-06-2007, 03:20 PM
Really great idea!

ShutDown24
09-06-2007, 03:21 PM
the fact that a citizen has to provide these things,proves that the government isn't doing everything it can to protect the people from terrorism....kudos to ben :thumbsup:

This isn't the locker room... Not saying I disagree with you... Nor trying to act all high and mighty or anything... I just wouldn't have posted that in here IMO... Please don't respond I don't want to start an arguement I just wanted to let it be known that I think that should be kept to the locker room... Prevents tension lol... :)

This is a good thing to see with all of the Vick stuff going on yes...

MasterOfPuppets
09-06-2007, 03:33 PM
This isn't the locker room... Not saying I disagree with you... Nor trying to act all high and mighty or anything... I just wouldn't have posted that in here IMO... Please don't respond I don't want to start an arguement I just wanted to let it be known that I think that should be kept to the locker room... Prevents tension lol... :)

This is a good thing to see with all of the Vick stuff going on yes...
sorry but i just can't resist......

:blah::blah::blah:

ShutDown24
09-06-2007, 03:38 PM
Neither could I resist saying what I did =p

HometownGal
09-06-2007, 03:39 PM
What a great gesture by Ben! :thumbsup: I hope this shuts some yaps around the league as to Ben's character.

I fully support our officers and those beautiful 4 legged creatures who also proudly wear the badge and serve!

Livinginthe past
09-06-2007, 04:28 PM
A good call, indeed.

Its nice to see an NFL player at least trying to rebalance the offseason away from the effect of countless selfish, lawbreaking douche-bags.

Stlrs4Life
09-06-2007, 04:43 PM
Totally awesome on Bens' part.

Steelman16
09-06-2007, 04:46 PM
Good job Big Ben!!

delhess
09-06-2007, 04:53 PM
can't wait till we play cincy, their police need a the reinforcement they can get .... lmao

stillers4me
09-06-2007, 06:00 PM
I'll be watching the Cincy papers in Oct to see if they even run a story about Ben donating a police dog to the city. Any bets on it?????

MasterOfPuppets
09-06-2007, 06:20 PM
Neither could I resist saying what I did =p
the next time you feel the need to adress the contents of my post,and deem it unsuitable, may i suggest it say " moderator" under your name.

Atlanta Dan
09-06-2007, 06:27 PM
the next time you feel the need to adress the contents of my post,and deem it unsuitable, may i suggest it say " moderator" under your name.

Or go to the Locker Room - passing judgment on the worthiness of posters is an esteemed pastime for some folks over there. :smile:

ShutDown24
09-06-2007, 06:35 PM
You suggest what you think MOP and I will suggest what I think. You telling me that I need to be a mod to address an issue I have really tells me some things. That being said, this thread is about Ben helping out so let's keep it about that shall we...? That was the original problem...

Ben should buy two dogs for Cincy everytime he goes there instead of one....

83-Steelers-43
09-06-2007, 06:48 PM
Speaking of police dogs....

K-9 dog dies after being left in hot patrol car
Eugene Scott
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 13, 2007 04:59 PM

A Chandler police dog that died after his handler left him unattended in a hot patrol car was in the vehicle more than 12 hours before being discovered.

Sgt. Tom Lovejoy discovered the body of Bandit, his 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, about 10 p.m. Saturday night. He parked the car at his home about 9:15 a.m. that day after working an extra duty assignment early Saturday morning, police said.

"When he arrived home, (Lovejoy) was out of his routine. And while getting mixed up in everyday stuff, he forgot about the car," said Sgt. Rick Griner, a Chandler police spokesman.

Griner said that shortly after entering his home, Lovejoy was told his teenage son had been in a car accident and the car was totaled.

Griner did not have information on whether Lovejoy's son was injured, but said the car accident may have distracted Lovejoy - head of the department's K-9 unit - and caused him to forget his dog, who would not have normally been with him on the extra duty shift. The decision was made to include the dog on Lovejoy's patrol given several recent high profile incidents, including the Chandler serial rapist case.

A preliminary investigation shows the dog, who was with the department more than four years, died from extreme heat. This incident is under investigation and will be handled internally, Griner said.

Lovejoy, a 15-year veteran, was not put on leave and returned to work Monday. Griner said no disciplinary action has been taken and will not happen unless an investigation determines the actions were reckless or intentional.

"This is his worst punishment right now. He's very emotional," Griner said. "This incident was because of negligence; by accident."

Russ Hess, executive director of the United States Police Canine Association, said an investigation needed to be completed, but added, "there's no excuse. There sure is a lack of judgment there."

Griner said Lovejoy's family is taking Bandit's death hard. The dog lived with the Lovejoys the entire time he was with the department.

While police dogs that die in the line of duty are usually given high-profile funerals, Griner said the department will likely have a private, memorial service for Bandit.

Two other Valley police departments also lost K-9 earlier this year - one in a similar incident.

In March, a Phoenix police dog was rushed to a veterinarian after being left in an unmarked police vehicle without ventilation. Authorities said the car was idling at the time, but the air-conditioning may have malfunctioned.

The handler and clinic employees decided to euthanize Top, a 5-year-old black Labrador, the following day.

The same month the Mesa Police Department had a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois die while the dog was chasing a suspect after the dog was struck by a vehicle on Main Street near Lindsay Road.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/0813cr-deaddog.html

ShutDown24
09-06-2007, 06:54 PM
Speaking of police dogs....

K-9 dog dies after being left in hot patrol car
Eugene Scott
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 13, 2007 04:59 PM

A Chandler police dog that died after his handler left him unattended in a hot patrol car was in the vehicle more than 12 hours before being discovered.

Sgt. Tom Lovejoy discovered the body of Bandit, his 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, about 10 p.m. Saturday night. He parked the car at his home about 9:15 a.m. that day after working an extra duty assignment early Saturday morning, police said.

"When he arrived home, (Lovejoy) was out of his routine. And while getting mixed up in everyday stuff, he forgot about the car," said Sgt. Rick Griner, a Chandler police spokesman.

Griner said that shortly after entering his home, Lovejoy was told his teenage son had been in a car accident and the car was totaled.

Griner did not have information on whether Lovejoy's son was injured, but said the car accident may have distracted Lovejoy - head of the department's K-9 unit - and caused him to forget his dog, who would not have normally been with him on the extra duty shift. The decision was made to include the dog on Lovejoy's patrol given several recent high profile incidents, including the Chandler serial rapist case.

A preliminary investigation shows the dog, who was with the department more than four years, died from extreme heat. This incident is under investigation and will be handled internally, Griner said.

Lovejoy, a 15-year veteran, was not put on leave and returned to work Monday. Griner said no disciplinary action has been taken and will not happen unless an investigation determines the actions were reckless or intentional.

"This is his worst punishment right now. He's very emotional," Griner said. "This incident was because of negligence; by accident."

Russ Hess, executive director of the United States Police Canine Association, said an investigation needed to be completed, but added, "there's no excuse. There sure is a lack of judgment there."

Griner said Lovejoy's family is taking Bandit's death hard. The dog lived with the Lovejoys the entire time he was with the department.

While police dogs that die in the line of duty are usually given high-profile funerals, Griner said the department will likely have a private, memorial service for Bandit.

Two other Valley police departments also lost K-9 earlier this year - one in a similar incident.

In March, a Phoenix police dog was rushed to a veterinarian after being left in an unmarked police vehicle without ventilation. Authorities said the car was idling at the time, but the air-conditioning may have malfunctioned.

The handler and clinic employees decided to euthanize Top, a 5-year-old black Labrador, the following day.

The same month the Mesa Police Department had a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois die while the dog was chasing a suspect after the dog was struck by a vehicle on Main Street near Lindsay Road.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/0813cr-deaddog.html

That SUCKS. I hate hearing stuffl ike that... :(

Atlanta Dan
09-06-2007, 07:40 PM
That cop must be heartsick - my understanding from some law enforcement folks I know is that K-9 corps/drug dogs are regarded with a combination of a pet/brother-in-arms bond by the police officers and agents with which they serve.

Tough story to read

xXTheSteelKingsXx
09-06-2007, 07:42 PM
Good for Ben.

steelpride12
09-06-2007, 07:47 PM
Wow great idea, great man!

stillers4me
09-06-2007, 08:12 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Announces Grant to the Cleveland Police's K-9 Unit



(Findlay, OH) – September 5, 2007 - Findlay, Ohio native and Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced today the first in a series of grants the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund will be distributing during the 2007 NFL Season. The grant will be distributed to the Cleveland Division of Police's Canine Unit to purchase an explosive detection canine, dog training, and a canine protective vest.



Rex, the city's only current explosive detecting canine is 11 years old and is reaching retirement age. The police department does not currently have the funds to purchase a new service dog. "Service dogs provide invaluable assistance to police and fire departments across the country." said Cleveland's Chief of Police Michael McGrath. "Many departments depend on outside donations to continue their K-9 programs. We're all very excited to receive this grant."



"I feel honored to be in a position to help the City of Cleveland's police department." said Roethlisberger. "Born and raised in the state of Ohio, I have always held the deepest respect for the efforts of our police and fire departments. Contributing now in my own small way is very gratifying. While I play football for living, others risk their lives to protect our cities and ensure our safety. They deserve all the support we can provide."


This NFL season The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be distributing grants to Police and Fire Departments in Pittsburgh and in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away opponent for the Steelers in 2007. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments in the 9 cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.



The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation seeks to provide support for police and fire departments throughout the US and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Findlay, OH and Pittsburgh, PA.



In commenting on why establishing a charitable foundation is important to him, Roethlisberger said, "I was raised with a grounded perspective on life, to recognize my blessings and help others as best I can. I feel fortunate to establish a foundation committed to servicing our communities in its own unique way. This is something I am sincerely passionate about."



In 2006, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed its first grant to the Police Department in Findlay Ohio, Ben's hometown. The grant helped to replace their service dog, Flip, who was tragically shot and killed. The grant also purchased a K-9 ballistic vest for the new dog.



For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Stephanie Sandler or visit www.bigben7.com or www.givingback.org



About Ben Roethlisberger



Ben Roethlisberger is in his fourth season as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and already has secured his place in the record books. At 6 foot 5 and 245 pounds, he is aptly referred to as Big Ben, and has become known for big performances and a humble approach. In 2006, Big Ben became the youngest starting quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Detroit. In the process, the Steelers became the first team to win three playoff games on the road. Ben's record as a starter in his first two seasons was an astonishing 27-4, and he is the only quarterback to lead his team to the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons. He was the unanimous Rookie of Year in 2004, breaking Dan Marino's rookie records for completion percentage and passer rating, and is the only quarterback in NFL history to compile a 13-0 record in the regular season.



Ben was raised in Findlay, Ohio and was a three sport star at Findlay High School. He went on to set nearly every quarterback record at Miami University (Ohio) prior to foregoing his senior season and becoming the 11th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft. Ben resides near Pittsburgh with his two dogs, Zeus and Hercules. His parents, Ken and Brenda Roethlisberger, continue to reside in Findlay, OH and his sister Carlee is attending the University of Oklahoma on a basketball scholarship.



About The Giving Back Fund



The Giving Back Fund (www.givingback.org) is a national nonprofit organization established in 1997 to provide professional philanthropic consulting, mentoring, and management to athletes, entertainers and others. With offices in Boston and Los Angeles, The Giving Back Fund has worked successfully with more than 75 professional athletes, entertainers, and business entrepreneurs, helping them achieve their philanthropic goals. It has overseen the distribution of more than $12 million dollars in charitable grants, programs, and scholarships. While The Giving Back Fund has developed special expertise in providing philanthropic consulting to athletes and entertainers, its services are available to anyone committed to increasing the impact of their philanthropy.

http://www.steelers.com/article/81126/


Reading this article, I got a lump in my throat. It's hard not to think of MIchael Vick and the dogs that suffered for his entertainment. Quite a contrast between two young men with identical opportunities.

You're a good man, Ben Roethlisberger. :cheers:

zoneblitz43
09-06-2007, 10:40 PM
with all the negativity we hear about with the Bungle arrests, Pacman Jones, and Michael Vick it's good to hear that the QB for your favorite team is doing something positive. Ben provided the City of Cleveland with something it otherwise wouldn't have. I also have to say that it's tragic that Cleveland couldn't even afford ONE police dog. Cleveland has been ranked the poorest major city in the U.S. and it appears that their public service is no exception. Our government fails to protect us even after 9-11. It's a shame.

Cheers to Ben and all the police officers, firefighters, and all other public servants who work hard to protect our communities.

MasterOfPuppets
09-07-2007, 02:41 AM
You suggest what you think MOP and I will suggest what I think. You telling me that I need to be a mod to address an issue I have really tells me some things. That being said, this thread is about Ben helping out so let's keep it about that shall we...? That was the original problem...

Ben should buy two dogs for Cincy everytime he goes there instead of one....

and once again....

the next time you feel the need to adress the contents of my post,and deem it unsuitable, may i suggest it say " moderator" under your name.

Galax Steeler
09-07-2007, 05:11 AM
Way to go ben good work.

StinkyB
09-07-2007, 09:03 AM
Ok, I don't see much kudos in a celebrity or sport figure giving to charity upon the request of their PR guy (who you know had this idea). I'd rather Ben give his time and money and it NOT be even known by the Press.

I know an argument can be made that by publicizing that Ben did such and such that it might make others act too.....but, and this just might be me, I always see these type of charity acts as being self serving.


Plus, if a bomb goes off in Cleveland, does anyone even notice.

X-Terminator
09-07-2007, 09:03 AM
and once again....

the next time you feel the need to adress the contents of my post,and deem it unsuitable, may i suggest it say " moderator" under your name.

Thanks for the segue.

Now cool it you guys, and let's keep this thread on topic, shall we? Thanks.

Atlanta Dan
09-07-2007, 09:14 AM
Ok, I don't see much kudos in a celebrity or sport figure giving to charity upon the request of their PR guy (who you know had this idea). I'd rather Ben give his time and money and it NOT be even known by the Press.

I know an argument can be made that by publicizing that Ben did such and such that it might make others act too.....but, and this just might be me, I always see these type of charity acts as being self serving..

Virtually every philanthropist from Bill Gates on down gets pub when they make a donation - Ben is no different than anyone else on that point. As you note, the donation not only benefits the police but potentially points out a need that might result in future contributions. For example, it was great when Peyton and Eli pitched in with the recovery efforts post-Katrina, but the cameras were around for that as well - it is how the game is played.

In addition, after all the adverse pub the NFL has taken through the adventures of Vick, Pacman, and virtaully everyone except the mascot who is associated with the Bengals, this is an example that not all players are jerks. IMO players are being encourged by the league office to publicize their good works.

StinkyB
09-07-2007, 09:28 AM
Virtually every philanthropist from Bill Gates on down gets pub when they make a donation - Ben is no different than anyone else on that point. As you note, the donation not only benefits the police but potentially points out a need that might result in future contributions. For example, it was great when Peyton and Eli pitched in with the recovery efforts post-Katrina, but the cameras were around for that as well - it is how the game is played.

In addition, after all the adverse pub the NFL has taken through the adventures of Vick, Pacman, and virtaully everyone except the mascot who is associated with the Bengals, this is an example that not all players are jerks. IMO players are being encourged by the league office to publicize their good works.

Ok, so you proved my point to a T. Small Golf clap for Ben who is following leauge wishes and PR guy orders. A cheap price to pay, a dog, for positive NFL publicity.

Atlanta Dan
09-07-2007, 09:50 AM
Ok, so you proved my point to a T. Small Golf clap for Ben who is following leauge wishes and PR guy orders. A cheap price to pay, a dog, for positive NFL publicity.

Thanks for the positive and uplifting posts.

I do not think the league ordered Ben to make the donation.

Big Golf clap to you for saying if a bomb goes off in Clevalnd does anyone notice

Stay Classy StinkyB:smile:

ShutDown24
09-07-2007, 09:55 AM
and once again....

the next time you feel the need to adress the contents of my post,and deem it unsuitable, may i suggest it say " moderator" under your name.


Hmm... No, you may not. :banana:

StinkyB
09-07-2007, 10:07 AM
Thanks for the positive and uplifting posts.

I do not think the league ordered Ben to make the donation.

Big Golf clap to you for saying if a bomb goes off in Clevalnd does anyone notice

Stay Classy StinkyB:smile:


Oh, I am sorry, is expressing an opinion a breach of the "positive and uplifting" ACT of 2007?

Or should I just smile and cheer because it is a Steeler player and I shoud never express my own opinion about a Steeler.

Atlanta Dan
09-07-2007, 10:30 AM
Oh, I am sorry, is expressing an opinion a breach of the "positive and uplifting" ACT of 2007?

Or should I just smile and cheer because it is a Steeler player and I shoud never express my own opinion about a Steeler.

[Post deleted since the comment in the quoted post that prompted it was removed]

StinkyB
09-07-2007, 10:54 AM
Thanks for that cheery salutation as well - you certainly have a mastery of the language:smile: -

I did not say your post should not have been made, i disagreed with it

If you do not want to read my responses put me on your ignore list

Some say I posess a colorful lexicon. Most are impressed that I can also do this......:cheer:

IheartBen
09-07-2007, 12:00 PM
This is great! Unfortunately, I doubt we'll ever see positive news like this about athletes making big headlines. At least its being recognized somewhere...very admirable! :)

X-Terminator
09-07-2007, 12:03 PM
Hey...what did I JUST say?

All of you who are bickering...either cut it out or your posts will start disappearing and infractions handed out.

hinesylover
09-09-2007, 11:57 PM
:cheers: it's nice to hear something good

sick of vick more people should know not just us fans

after todays game hope i don't have to hear from my eagle fan brother ben worthlessberger

Preacher
09-10-2007, 12:14 AM
Hey...what did I JUST say?

All of you who are bickering...either cut it out or your posts will start disappearing and infractions handed out.

Bicker Bicker Bicker!!!

:couch: