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MetroHealth Police Department Receives Grant to Add New K9

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The MetroHealth Police Department is the recipient of a SRT K9 Unit - Police K-9 Grant that will allow them to add a Police K9 Officer to the team.

“As MetroHealth grows, it will be good to have another tool for safety and security,” says MetroHealth Police Department Chief Frank Bova. 

In addition to the dog, the grant covers a six-week training course at Excel K-9 Services and a tactical K9 vest, along with supplies.

MetroHealth applied for the grant and was interviewed as part of the application process. MetroHealth Police Officer Anthony Konieczka has been selected to be the K9 handler; the dog is expected to start patrolling with him this summer, says Chief Bova. The K9 team will patrol primarily at main campus, but will also visit other health center locations.

The Ripepi Family – which owns A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes, Inc. – announced MetroHealth as a recipient of a SRT K9 Unit - Police K-9 Grant, along with four other local police departments: Brunswick Police Department, Cleveland Police Department, Euclid Police Department and the Parma Heights Police Department.

The grant was made possible by funds raised during The Danny Ripepi Memorial Concert, a charity event that took place last September at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on the West Bank of the Flats. 

Danny Ripepi was killed in a tragic accident in 2020. The memorial concert is an opportunity to give back to the community he loved so much.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, three-quarters of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center. 

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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About SRT K9 Unit 501 c(3)

SRT K9 Unit is a non-profit 501-c3 organization made up of handler and dog teams in Ohio. The canine teams are certified in human remains detection, tracking, and trailing. They come together to provide the necessary resources to compliment federal, state, and local authorities in finding missing persons and/or their remains. Visit for organization and event information. 

About A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes, Inc.

A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes’ is committed to the families and communities it serves. Brothers, Stephen and Anthony Jr. together with their caring staff assist families with arrangements and support during life’s most difficult time. They offer guidance for your loved one’s last tribute at either of their two locations 18149 Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights and 3202 Fulton Road in Cleveland. Visit for company information.