Police, Wagner visit kids recovering from crash
Three children recovering from a bad crash in York Haven had a big surprise at the hospital Tuesday morning.
Members of the Newberry Township Police Department, state Sen. Scott Wagner and even police dog Tazer surprised the kids with three iPads at Hershey Medical Center.
“They were thrilled,” Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said Tuesday.
The children, ages 5, 13 and 14, are recovering from a two-vehicle crash Jan. 7 on Old trail Road that killed Edna Mikos, 66, of York Haven, and Anthony Fickes, 46, of Goldsboro. The children were passengers in a vehicle with Mikos and her husband, who also was injured.
Helping: Snyder said he and fellow officers at the police department had been thinking about those involved in the crash, including the kids, since it happened.
“We, as a police department, felt like if we could, we would try to help them," he said.
Snyder said the department brainstormed and came up with the idea of giving them iPads, so they could use them for schoolwork while they are out of school. He said it would be a good gift for all the kids.
He said the department was looking at financial options to get the iPads when he reached out to Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, to see if he would like to join them for the visit.
“(Wagner) jumped in right away and wanted to go visit with us, and I thought that was a great idea,” Snyder said.
Wagner, who owns Penn Waste, said his company donated the iPads to the kids.
“He wasn’t there to me as a politician, he was there as a concerned person,” Snyder said, adding that Wagner's actions were "extremely genuine" to him.
Wagner, on the other hand, said the credit goes to the police department.
“My role is very little. The chief and his colleagues and his department, they’re very passionate and very caring,” the senator said.
The Goldsboro Wal-Mart donated iTunes gift cards for the children.
K-9 officer Tazer spent some time with the kids at the hospital. Snyder said one of the parents asked for the dog to come along.
“The kids really liked the dog's being around,” Snyder said. "We're kind of like invisible when the dog's there."
He said the dog stole the show and made the kids smile.
"It was a really nice way for us to check in on the kids," he said.
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