The city of New Castle has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

The grant will be used toward the purchase of a K-9 vehicle.

All told, the foundation will be distributing six grants totaling $55,000 to police departments in western Pennsylvania for a variety of initiatives, including starting new K–9 units and replacing veteran service dogs.

The current awards complete the foundation’s eighth grant cycle, during which it distributed more than $132,000 to K-9 units around the country.

Roethlisberger, who is quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said in a release, “We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.”

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