The first grant from a fund created in memory of a local hero will replace another local hero, Jynx, the sheriff K9 that was retired by the Berks County Sheriff’s office after the death of his handler, Officer Kyle Pagerly. In January, the Darell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund was established by bequest at Berks County Community Foundation. Grants from the endowed fund will provide financial support to governmental entities in Berks County for the acquisition, training and ongoing maintenance of their K9 Corps. The first grant for $10,500 will buy a new sheriff K9 for the Berks County Sheriff’s department and pay to train the dog and its handler. “Gloria created the fund through her will to honor her husband’s heroism and to provide support for local K9 units,” said Susan N. Denaro, Esq., who is administering the estate. “Shortly before she died we talked about Jynx’s retirement and she was heartened to know that her fund would help to replace other K9s in the future. As it turns out, the very first grant from her fund will be used to replace Jynx.” After the estate is settled, the Darell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund is expected to top $300,000. The sheriff’s department is also collecting donations for its own Friends of the Berks County Sheriff K-9 Fund. “The department created the fund to maintain and enhance the Berks County Sheriff K9 Unit and to provide education and awareness for local residents,” Weaknecht said. Donations should be made payable to the Berks County Sheriff’s Benevolence Fund and mailed to Friends of the Berks County Sheriff K9, Attn: Sgt. Matthew Mendenhall, 633 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601.