“I have had the opportunity to see first-hand how important the dogs are to these men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us. It’s incredible to see the strong bond that is formed between the dogs and their partners both on the job and at home.” — Ben Roethlisberger

Ben announced today the first grant of 2010 from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at the Giving Back Fund.

The grant will be distributed to the Hendersonville Police Department, located near Nashville, Tennessee.

The department is seeking financial assistance to purchase a canine trained for the dual-purpose of narcotics and patrol duties.

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-game where the Steelers play.

The Steelers face the Tennessee Titans in Nashville this Sunday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m..

Earlier this summer, the Foundation invited police and fire departments in those nine cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.

“The Hendersonville Police Department greatly appreciates the support and assistance from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation grant,” said Hendersonville Police Interim Chief James L. Jones. “This grant will assist our department in continuing to provide K-9 services to the citizens of our community. The forming of partnerships between law enforcement and the private sector is an excellent way to provide enhanced services to communities across the nation.”

For more information about Ben’s Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Stephanie Sandler at (310) 649-5222 or visit www.givingbackfund.org.