READING, PA (June 27, 2016) – The Darell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund of Berks County Community Foundation distributed $19,400 to three Berks law-enforcement agencies for maintaining and training their K9 units. The fund was established in 2011 to annually provide financial support to governmental entities in Berks County to acquire, train, and maintain K9 units.

This year’s grants:

  • $14,000 for the City of Reading Police Department K9 Unit to purchase, train and equip two German Shepherds to be added to the force to replace retiring dogs.
  • $3,400 for the Berks County Sheriff K9 Unit to send teams to advanced K9 training, pay medical bills, purchase equipment for a newly-constructed K9 training facility and buy educational literature to distribute to the public during demonstrations and fundraisers.
  • $2,000 to the West Reading Police Department for general operating support for the maintenance of and required training for its K9 Corps.

From left to right, standing outside the Berks County Community Foundation, Reading Police Field Training Officer Joshua Faust and Trooper, a German Shepherd purchased in 2013 by the Darell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund of Berks County Community Foundation; Officer Alex Sholedice and Nico, a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix; and Officer Christopher DeCarlo and Nero, a German Shepherd. Nico and Nero were recently purchased for the Reading Police by a grant from the Rank fund.


Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a civic leader for our region by developing, managing and distributing charitable funds aimed at improving the quality of life in Berks County. More information is available at