Troy Police Sgt. Nate Gobler helps Alexzander Land, 11, find the items on his gift list during Shop with a Cop at the Walmart store on Maple Road Dec. 5.

Troy Police Sgt. Nate Gobler helps Alexzander Land, 11, find the items on his gift list during Shop with a Cop at the Walmart store on Maple Road Dec. 5.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Kids shop with Troy cops

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 13, 2017

 Troy police officer John Julian high-fives Claire Ives, 5.

Troy police officer John Julian high-fives Claire Ives, 5.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

TRIY — Hill Elementary School student Duncan Cauchi, 8, purchased two toys for his brother, Henry Cauchi, 7, with his $100 Walmart gift card at the store Dec. 5 with the help of Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer. 

Duncan said he will get to play with the gifts he purchased for his brother because “we share. He’s great.” 

He, Henry and 25 other students from elementary schools in Troy participated in Shop with a Cop at the Troy Walmart store on Maple Road Dec. 5. 

This is the second year the brothers have participated in the event. 

Troy police officer Lisa Rockafellow said the Troy Police Department obtained the names of the children for the Shop with a Cop program from social workers and principals at schools in the Troy, Warren Consolidated and Avondale school districts.

Troy police hosted the first Shop with a Cop event in conjunction with the Troy Fire Department at Walmart in 2004.

This year, each child got to spend $100, donated by Walmart. Children could spend the money on themselves, their friends and their family members. Each child received a box lunch donated by Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Tim Hortons. 

Volunteers from Citizen Patrol Volunteers, civilians who help Troy police patrol the streets and also help with community events, wrapped the presents for the children. 

Citizen Patrol Volunteers member Rebecca Smith works in the lobby at the Troy Police Department, and CPV member Kathi Strickland patrols along Crooks Road, from Wattles Road to South Boulevard, about 8 miles, on foot. They both helped wrap gifts Dec. 5. 

“This is a lot of fun,” Strickland said of wrapping the gifts. “They (the kids) are so excited.”

“It’s amazing how many (kids) are picking up gifts for family members,” Smith said. 

Angela Dunning, Henry and Duncan’s mother, said her sons wrote thank-you notes to Capt. Bob Redmond and Mayer after shopping with them last year because they enjoyed the event so much. 

She explained that their father died unexpectedly in 2014 and she works two jobs, as a part-time paralegal and as a professional violinist. 

“My parents, who live in Troy, help,” she said. 

“I like how kind they are to each other,” Dunning said of her sons. 

“It’s exciting to interact and talk with the kids,” Mayer said.