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Trailblazing Chinese American WWII hero and Philly police commander dies at 93

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Anthony Wong, a trailblazing retired Philadelphia Police Department commander, died last week at 93 years old.

The details: Wong, a World War II and Korean War hero who was the son of Chinese immigrants, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 8, according to his obituary on Stretch Funeral Home.

  • He was the highest-ranking Chinese American in the history of the Philadelphia Police Department,” Jim Trainor, Wong’s son-in-law who is also a member of the department, told CBS Philadelphia. “I would say he broke all barriers when it came to Asians coming into the police department.”
  • Wong joined the Philadelphia PD in 1953 after serving in the United States Army in two wars. He was the only Chinese American officer in the department at the time.
  • He mentored thousands of cadets in the department and attained the rank of Chief Inspector before his retirement 18 years ago.
  • What a terrific father figure for me, friend, mentor,” Trainor said. “My 33rd year in the police department, he’s guided me the whole way. He’s been with me the whole way.”

His services: Wong had served in various areas of policing, including Narcotics and Vice Enforcement. He was a two-time commanding officer of the Training Bureau and also commanded the Patrol Bureau, Emergency Planning and Community Relations Division during his service. 

  • He endured so much to be able to kick the door open for so many and keep it open,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. “What an amazing accomplishment and we thank him for his service.”
  • Wong joined the police department to serve as a bridge between the authorities and the Asian community in order to help Asians gain access to government and agency services.
  • “[Being a police officer] provides the opportunity to prevent suffering,” Wong said in his speech at the Students for Asian Affairs in 1993, Daily Pennsylvania reported. “I also wanted to [reach out] to the Asian community. They don’t always have the access they need to government agencies and services.”
  • Wong had also served on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), which he was also a co-founder of, and On Lok House, a senior citizen center in Philadelphia.

Featured Image via Stretch Funeral Home

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Lebanon CUSD cancels class due to down power lines

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LEBANON, Ill. – The Lebanon CUSD has canceled class Monday due to damage surrounding the school.

Lebanon CUSD said in a Facebook post that they “have power lines down and a dangerous situation on campus.”

Ameren told the school district that the situation should be cleaned up by mid-day or late afternoon. The school day will be made up at the end of the year.

A tornado Sunday night caused damaged from Farmington, Missouri to Chester, Illinois.

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Chester, Illinois sees significant damage from Sunday’s tornado

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Chester, Illinois sees significant damage from Sunday’s tornado

CHESTER, Ill. – Sunday night’s tornado hopped from Missouri right over into Illinois.

FOX 2’s Meteorologist Jaime Travers was in the Woods Basement System Storm Runner Monday morning taking a look at the damage in Chester, Illinois.

Travers said residents were properly warned about all of the storms across the area. The tornado started in Fredericktown, Missouri and then moved to Farmington, then to St. Mary and then to Chester, Illinois.

Travers found a barn leveled by the tornado in Chester. Trees were also mangled and power lines are down. The roof of a nursing home on Palestine Road was also torn off.

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St. Mary’s antique mall suffered heavy damage in Sunday’s tornado

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St. Mary’s antique mall suffered heavy damage in Sunday’s tornado

ST. MARY, Mo. – The town of St. Mary, Missouri is about 80 miles south of St. Louis and it was hit hard by Sunday night’s tornado.

7th Street in St. Mary is the epicenter of the tornado damage there. Debris is scattered everywhere along the street. St. Mary’s antique mall suffered extensive damage.

Several homes along 7th street are also severely damaged or even destroyed.

The storm hit St. Mary at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.

“There was not a whole lot of sounds and then everything just went still. I do remember everything going still,” St. Mary resident Nick Grogg said. “I was on the phone with dad. He said something bad is about to happen. That’s when I went downstairs. I didn’t think it was going to be anything like this.”

There were no serious injuries in the area due to the tornado.

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