Two local law enforcement agencies help five children
PAPILLION, Neb(FOX42KPTM)- The Papillion Police Department and the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office stepped up to help the Penick family. Adam and Jennifer Penick were killed last Monday in a car crash leaving behind five children.
"You can imagine losing your parents like that, its going to be a devastating and long process," Jeffrey Davis said. He works the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office.
Officials say they crossed the median and were hit by a pick-up truck. Unity, the youngest child, suffered minored injuries and wears a cast. She was strapped in a car seat at the time of the crash.
"Which is why she's alive today, because she was probably restrained in her car seat by her mom and dad," Emmett Wayne said. He's the grandfather of the children.
The Papillion Police Department and the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office have kept in contact with the children since the crash.
"We decided we should do something," Davis said.
Together with Walmart, the two departments pitched in to help donate $500 worth of school clothes for the kids.
"It's amazing to us and we just thank God for everybody that has pitched in to help us to this point," Wayne said.
The children's grandparents are not from the area. They had to pick up everything and move to Nebraska.
"This is a long term process, it's a marathon, not a sprint and we're going to need as much as help as anyone can give us to get our five kids from here through graduation,"Wayne said.
The children also received fireworks from Bellino fireworks stand to enjoy the holiday.