Children of injured York mother get to Shop with a Cop

John A Pavoncello
York Dispatch

A few months ago, Cheyann Miller never would have thought she would be learning to live life with only one leg, not able to work and dealing with mounting medical bills.

Miller, 29, was struck by a suspected DUI driver Aug. 10 while unloading groceries from her car in front of her York City home. She woke up a week later in the hospital, her right leg gone and her left severely damaged.

A mother of three, Miller was delighted when she found out her children had been selected to take part in the 11th annual Shop With a Cop event Tuesday at the Target in West Manchester Township.

Keith Finke Jr., center, gets help from Mary Wagner, a West York Block Watch member, during Shop With a Cop, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Target in West Manchester Township. John A. Pavoncello photo

While 5-year-old Keith Finke Jr. and 3-year-old Christopher Rupeli took off with volunteers from West York Block Watch, Miller and her 19-month-old son, Kolt Finke, rolled through the toy aisles with Rick Wagner, also a West York Block Watch member, looking at "Star Wars" action figures, Disney "Cars" airplane characters and even a Tonka police car with working lights and a siren. Each of the items went into a basket pushed by a Target employee, but a stuffed "Cars" character stayed tight in Kolt's arms until the family checked out.

"For my family to get picked for something like this," said Miller, "I'm very thankful."

The event is sponsored by the West York Borough Police Department and West York Block Watch. According to organizer Linda Diaz, more than 300 children have been treated to a special Christmas thanks to donors. This year, each child received $125 to purchase gifts, and the families were provided either a turkey or ham, with all the fixings, for Christmas dinner.

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