MARTINS FERRY –
A legendary Pittsburgh Steeler is helping K-9 officers in the Ohio Valley.
On Wednesday, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation sent a check for $9,500 to the Martins Ferry Police Department to help outfit their K9 with everything a crime-fighting dog needs.
It costs a lot to maintain Martins Ferry’s K9 officer “Echo” a Belgian Malinois, as Echo’s food alone costs over $1,000 a year.
Ordinarily, the grant is for a police department to get a dog, but this department already has one. Echo is especially valuable because he is cross-trained, and performs suspect apprehension, drug detection and tracking.
One of the first things the police department says they will do with the money is to insure Echo.