Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger today made the generous offer of providing the handler of Rocco, Phil Lerza, with a new dog after the devastating death of Pittsburgh's finest.
Rocco died under two weeks ago after a scuffle with a wanted man. The German Shepherd passed away after a two-day stay in hospital battling with several injuries.
This incident led Roethlisberger and his foundation to make this move in hope that the handler of Rocco can move forward with a new loyal partner.
Roethlisberger took to Facebook today to announce his move with a statement.
"The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation started when a police K-9 was shot and killed where I grew up, in Findlay, OH. This last week, a K-9 officer named Rocco was killed in my current hometown of Pittsburgh. After talking with officer Phil Lerza and getting his blessing, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation would like to announce that we are going to get Officer Lerza a new dog."
In a written statement, Acting Police Chief Regina McDonald responded, "We appreciate Ben Roethlisberger's generosity and support," as reported on ABC."
The Bureau will be looking, in the near future, to schedule a K9 training class, evaluate potential K9 handlers and purchase dogs. Officer Phil Lerza will be given first consideration for a new dog. His dog will be the one donated by the Roethlisberger Foundation."
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