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A $10,000 grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to the Montgomery County Community Foundation for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department helped pay for and train K-9 Demon who replaced the recently retired K-9 Jax. Pictured are Sergeant Kevin Crull, K-9 Officer Demon, and Chief Deputy Ryan Needham at the City’s K-9 Training Course.
Photo provided A $10,000 grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to the Montgomery County Community Foundation for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department helped pay for and train K-9 Demon who replaced the recently retired K-9 Jax. Pictured are Sergeant Kevin Crull, K-9 Officer Demon, and Chief Deputy Ryan Needham at the City’s K-9 Training Course.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office recently acquired Demon, a new K-9 Officer through a $10,000 grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. The Roethlisberger Foundation desires to make grants to police and fire departments’ K-9 units, but many lack the 501 (c)(3) designation required. With the support of a 501 (c)(3) organization willing to accept funding on the department’s behalf, a police or fire department may apply. Montgomery County Community Foundation stepped in and accepted that responsibility for the Sheriff Office’s request.
Chief Deputy Ryan Needham received notification of the award just before Thanksgiving last fall. The award was announced Thanksgiving night when Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers played the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Needham said he is grateful to both foundations for their efforts in helping the sheriff's office acquire our new K9, and stated, “Both foundations were great to work with and this new addition would not have been possible without both of them working with us."
Demon, a 15 month old, dual trained K-9 began his assignment with Sergeant Kevin Crull just three weeks ago. Both Needham and Crull agree that the K-9s play a very important role in fighting crime. In addition to their keen abilities to search for people or for drugs, their mere presence can quickly gain the attention and cooperation of an otherwise combative criminal. Four K-9 officers serve our county; two at the Sheriff’s Office and two at the Crawfordsville Police Department. Demon participated in his first routine school search this week and did a great job, knocking over just one wastebasket according to Crull.