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Xu Meng Remembered – From AALEA President Henry Lai

Today, June 09, 2023 marks the three year anniversary of the tragic death of our beloved AALEA Brother: Chicago Police Officer, Xu Meng.

Three years ago during the 2020 civil unrest, he was found unresponsive at his home after working long and stressful hours during the civil unrest.  He made the ultimate sacrifice for protecting our city.  

Brother Xu Meng was an honest, humbled, friendly and hardworking officer and many of us had the great honor to work with him. I recall when I was his FTO, I found Xu Meng to be a bright, diligent and enthusiastic person. He was affable to those who came in contact with him, and just about everyone seemed to like him.  

Brother Xu Meng  was also an active and caring AALEA member who took time to participate and help out in most of the AALEA events.  

Every time when I asked him to help with any AALEA function, despite his busy schedules, he always found time to support the organization. 

Xu Meng was the kind of person who always found ways to get things done instead of complaining.  

I recall  Brother Xu Meng told me that, “Teamwork is the key behind every successful organization.  AALEA is no exception.  Only when AALEA Brothers and Sisters truly and sincerely come together, put together our strengths, share a common vision of our goal and help each other in time of need, then AALEA can grow to its highest potential which will benefit all of our AALEA Brothers and Sisters and as well as our communities. 

On behalf of the AALEA Executive Board and Chairs, we ask you to have a moment of silence to commemorate our beloved brother: AALEA Brother: Chicago Police Officer, Xu Meng.

Brother Xu Meng – You are always in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Fraternally yours,
Henry Lai

Thank You Letter – From Officers Meng’s Mother

June 09, 2020

It was the darkest day of my life when I was told that my son and his wife Yuanyuan had a terrible accident at home where Xu, my only son died while Yuanyuan was fighting for her life in the hospital on 9th June, 2020. I simply cannot accept It because Xu is so young and healthy.

Xu was a good son to me and his late father who passed away two years ago. He traveled between the United States and China on a regular basis visiting us before and after he started his family. The birth of my grandson Chris has brought so much joy to our family.

He was also a caring and loving husband/father to his wife Yuanyuan and Chris, their 4-year-old son. The young family enjoyed outdoor activities, sports and holidays together.

He loved his job as a Police Officer because he enjoyed the challenge and good outcome when helping others. He worked so hard together with his teammates to make our city safe and sound. I am so proud of him, a short but meaningful life.

Today is my son’s birthday. I would like to thank the following personnel and organizations for the love and support has given to my family throughout this difficult time:

– All generous public who donate the money to his family;
– The Commander and police officers from District 24 of Chicago Police Department and the city’s Fraternal Order of Police;
– Nurses, caregivers, and doctors of Swedish Covenant Hospital;
– My family members and friends who live many parts of the world.

My special thanks to
– My grandson’s kindergarten. Their quick thinking and action have earned precious time for saving Yuanyuan’s life.
– Asian American Law Enforcement Association (AALEA) and Henry Lai who have been providing endless support for our family during this troubled time.
–Senator Durbin, who helped Yuanyuan’s parents come to the United States, so they can be by her side in time for her rehabilitation.

Even though these are unprecedented and trying times for everyone, I deeply appreciate all the love and support that has been given to us by the public during this very difficult time.

God bless you all,
Officer Xu’s Mother