Self­less po­lice­man who died at work is hon­ored by thou­sands

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CANG WEI in Nan­jing cang­wei@chi­

The sud­den death of a po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter he worked 36 straight hours, sad­dened tens of thou­sands of peo­ple in Jiangsu prov­ince’s Ha­ian county.

On July 4, thou­sands of res­i­dents at­tended the funeral of the 48-year-old of­fi­cer, Gao Guangxi. He was the di­rec­tor of the Cheng­nan po­lice sta­tion in down­town Ha­ian and had worked in law en­force­ment for 24 years.

Gao was found un­con­scious in front of his desk by Zhang Jian­hua, a col­league who re­ceived a phone call from Gao’s wife, Yang Mei, ask­ing him to check on Gao around 6:30 pm on July 1 af­ter fail­ing to reach him many times.

Gao was on a 24-hour shift on June 30. In­stead of go­ing home for rest the next day, he at­tended an early meet­ing and then vis­ited 20 branches of the sta­tion, which has ju­ris­dic­tion over 30 square kilo­me­ters and about 120,000 peo­ple.

“It’s not un­usual for him to work 24 hours straight,” said Lu Xuqing, deputy di­rec­tor of the sta­tion. “We work at one of the busiest sta­tions in the down­town area, and some- times cases flood the sta­tion.”

The sta­tion han­dles about 15,000 cases ev­ery year, ac­cord­ing to Ge Nai­jing, an of­fi­cer at the Ha­ian public se­cu­rity bureau.

In cases that could be me­di­ated, Gao of­ten ne­go­ti­ated pa­tiently. About 99 per­cent of such cases are set­tled this way, Ge said.

“Gao was a good po­lice of­fi­cer and a lov­ing fa­ther as well,” Ge said. “The only per­son he for­got to take care of was him­self.”

Gao’s fam­ily mem­bers wept through­out his funeral. Yang, his wife, was se­ri­ously burned dur­ing a gas ex­plo­sion in 1995.

Their only child, a daugh­ter, at­tends col­lege in neigh­bor­ing Xuzhou. Ge said he and Gao vis­ited po­lice de­part­ments in some cities to­gether in April. Gao made time dur­ing the busy trip to be with his daugh­ter and said he must keep his prom­ise to be a good fa­ther.

As the bread­win­ner of the fam­ily, Gao sup­ported not only his rel­a­tives but also 19 poor chil­dren, se­niors and laid-off work­ers un­der the sta­tion’s ju­ris­dic­tion. He had do­nated nearly 50,000 yuan ($7,350) per­son­ally and raised more than 500,000 yuan for 800 peo­ple in need since 2007.

Also in 2007, he founded a vol­un­teer group, Love Har­bor,

Gao was a good po­lice of­fi­cer and a lov­ing fa­ther as well. The only per­son he for­got to take care of was him­self.” Ge Nai­jing, of­fi­cer at Ha­ian public se­cu­rity bureau

which at­tracted 23 po­lice of­fi­cers to help the chil­dren of crim­i­nals, poor fam­i­lies and se­niors who had no­body to rely on.

“It’s hard to ac­cept that a per­son you are fa­mil­iar with has gone for­ever,” Ge said. “May he rest in peace.”


Over­seas Chi­nese learn mar­tial arts at the Shaolin Tem­ple in He­nan prov­ince on Sun­day as part of their jour­ney in the 2017 edi­tion of the Dis­cov­ery Trip to China for Em­i­nent Over­seas Chi­nese. A to­tal of 66 over­seas Chi­nese from 28 coun­tries and re­gions took part in the event to ex­pe­ri­ence their roots.


Fel­low po­lice of­fi­cers pay their fi­nal re­spects to Gao Guangxi, for­mer chief of the Cheng­nan po­lice sta­tion, at his funeral in Ha­ian, Jiangsu prov­ince, on July 4. Gao died at work on July 1.

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