READING, PA (July 18, 2019) – Berks County Community Foundation awarded $33,300 in grants to support K9 units at various law enforcement agencies in the region.

The grants were issued from two separate funds at the Community Foundation.

The Darrell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund was established to provide financial support to governmental entities in Berks County for the acquisition, training, and ongoing maintenance of their K9 Corps. The fund had $17,200 available to distribute this year.

Grants from the Rank Fund

  • $12,200 to the City of Reading Police Department K9 Unit.
  • $5,000 to the Reading Fire Department for equipment to support the “accelerant detection” canine it acquired last year with the help of another $5,000 grant from the Rank Fund.

Since 2012, the Darell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund has awarded $136,882 in grants.

The Richard Groff and Meda Kern K9 Corps Endowment Fund was established to provide financial support to governmental law enforcement entities in Berks County and any contiguous county for the acquisition, training, and ongoing maintenance of their K9 Corps. The fund had $16,100 available to distribute this year.

Grants from the Groff and Kern Fund

  • $9,766 to the Exeter Township Police Department K9 Unit.
  • $5,000 to the Whitemarsh Township Police Department K9 Unit in Montgomery County.
  • $1,334 to the City of Reading Police Department K9 Unit.

Since 2017, the Groff and Kern fund has awarded $45,654 in grants.

K9s from the Reading Police Department visit Berks County Community Foundation.

Darell S. Rank, the first executive of the Berks Earned Income Tax Bureau, and his wife, Gloria E. (D’Ercole) Rank, understood the importance of safety in their community. Darell Rank had his fair share of courageous moments. For instance, he rescued a woman from a car during the 1972 flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Agnes, and he attempted to apprehend a suspect who assaulted a teenage girl. His eyewitness testimony was crucial evidence used for the conviction of the assailant, who was wanted for murder and assault in separate cases. When Gloria died at the age of 79 in 2012, her will left a majority of her estate to Berks County Community Foundation.

Coverage in the Reading Eagle of when Darell Rank helped rescue a woman from a raging creek in 1972.

The Richard Groff and Meda Kern K9 Corps Endowment Fund provides financial support to law enforcement K9 units in Berks County and contiguous counties (Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Schuylkill counties). Richard E. Groff died September 30, 1995, at age 58. His wife, Meda Ann Kern, died November 9, 2015, at age 79, leaving a majority of her estate to Berks County Community Foundation.

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Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a civic leader for our region by developing, managing and distributing funds to meet existing and emerging community needs. More information is available at www.bccf.org.