Darrell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund
Darrell 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. Darrell Rank had his fair share of courageous moments – rescuing a woman from a car during the 1972 flood caused by Hurricane Agnes, and attempting to apprehend a suspect who assaulted a teenage girl. His eyewitness testimony was crucial evidence used for the conviction of the man, 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 to establish an endowment fund of $360,000 to provide City of Reading police officers with the additional protection that comes from a trained K9 Unit. The first grant from the endowment went toward the purchase and training of Trooper for Officer Joshua Faust. The Ranks were committed wholeheartedly and selflessly to the safety of their community and its inhabitants.