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PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNER Lehigh Township police Officer John Roth, Detective Matt Enstrom and Officer John Henry take time for a photo with Austin Troxel, Andrew Troxel and Aimee Troxell. Police Chief Scott Fogel was chosen by Anthony PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNER Lehigh Township police Officer John Roth, Detective Matt Enstrom and Officer John Henry take time for a photo with Austin Troxel, Andrew Troxel and Aimee Troxell. Police Chief Scott Fogel was chosen by Anthony "AJ" Talbot and Amber Talbot to help them.
Aimee Troxel purchases a Tap and Spin Toolbox for her brother Adrian. She was shopping with John and Jenny Roth. She told them she wanted shoes and that was the department they headed to. What she was really looking for, however, was snow boots. Aimee Troxel purchases a Tap and Spin Toolbox for her brother Adrian. She was shopping with John and Jenny Roth. She told them she wanted shoes and that was the department they headed to. What she was really looking for, however, was snow boots.
Andrew Troxel selects a Barbie doll for his sister Aimee. He was shopping with Tirzah Henry, wife of Officer John Henry. Andrew Troxel selects a Barbie doll for his sister Aimee. He was shopping with Tirzah Henry, wife of Officer John Henry.
Austin Troxel selects a turtle mask and shell. Austin Troxel selects a turtle mask and shell.
Amber Talbot select an Anna dress from the movie Amber Talbot select an Anna dress from the movie "Frozen." It hangs on the front of the cart. Anthony Talbot bought a set of Legos. They were shopping with Chief Scott Fogel.
Amber and Anthony Talbot watch as Melissa Miller helps wrap a gift. Also helping with the wrapping are Christine Hildenbrand and Warren Rabio. See more photos on page A2. Amber and Anthony Talbot watch as Melissa Miller helps wrap a gift. Also helping with the wrapping are Christine Hildenbrand and Warren Rabio. See more photos on page A2.

Children shop with Lehigh Township police officers

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by ELSA KERSCHNER ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

Police officers from the Lehigh Township Police Department picked up five children with their police vehicles and took them to breakfast at Blue Mountain Drive-In and then on to Kmart for a day of Christmas shopping Saturday.

The office administration at Lehigh Elementary School chooses the children who will go shopping based on criteria they set.

As they order breakfast Detective Matt Enstrom asked if any children wanted a game.

"What about games," he asked. He received no response, however.

Chocolate milk was the drink of choice for breakfast.

Police Chief Scott Fogel said Quakertown, his previous employer, began the Shop with a Cop program the year he moved to Lehigh Township. Residents suggested the program and he planned it for the following year. However, it was put together faster than he expected. The program is now in its third year.

Fogel said he has two children and Officer John Henry has three of his own.

"It's just fabulous, a chance to give back to the kids and see some smiles for the holiday," Fogel said.

He said this year was special for two of the children because it provided their first contact with police. They recently moved from foster care in Texas to live with their father, a member of the military, in Lehigh Township.

The two were scheduled to shop with different policemen but they attached themselves to Fogel.

One thing the officers noted is that all of the children the last three years have been well behaved.

First Niagara and Susquehanna banks and the Lehigh Township Police Association are regular sponsors of the program but individuals and smaller businesses also contribute. Kmart contributes by providing the wrapping paper and bows along with personnel to help with the wrapping.

Each child received a Santa hat and a blue snowflake decorated bag of candy.

While most children headed directly for the toy department, Amber Talbot headed for the clothing department. She selected a dress that Anna wore in the movie "Frozen."

Brothers Andrew and Austin Troxel both chose turtle costumes with masks and turtle shells though they were shopping separately.

"It's outside of what people usually think police do," Fogel said of the program.