Officers and civilians gather to pray for the recovery of Highway Patrol Officer Andy Chan

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Officers gather to pray for injured colleague Ofc. Andy Chan
Officers gather to pray for injured colleague Ofc. Andy Chan: Dann Cuellar reports on Action News at 11 p.m., January 16, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A monthly mass remembering Philadelphia police officers killed in the line of duty was held at St. Matthew's Church Wednesday night.

A large crowd gathered at the church in Mayfair to remember those who had died, but they also prayed for the recovery of Highway Patrol Officer Andy Chan.

Chan remains hospitalized following an on-duty accident earlier this month.

Among those in attendance were members of Chan's family and many of his fellow Highway Patrol officers.

"Give him strength in body, courage in spirit, patience with pain," said Rev. Steven Wetzel.

Back on January 3, Ofc. Chan's motorcycle was struck by an elderly driver on a section of Rhawn Street between Roosevelt Boulevard and Frankford Avenue.

Police said the driver did not see him in time to avoid the collision.

Chan suffered a serious head injury. His sister Serena Chan said he remains in critical but stable condition at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital.

"He's progressing, so he's on the road to recovery right now," said Serena. "We need all the prayers and we thank you again for everybody's support. Thank you."

Chan, a 24-year veteran of the department, was very active in police recruiting and was recently featured in a police promotional video.

Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby said Chan has many fans and supporters, in and out of the department.

"What you saw here tonight is everybody coming together, true Andy Chan fans. He was just a good guy, always smiling and he always will be smiling," said McNesby.

Chan's sister said the family is overwhelmed by all of the prayers and support and that they look forward to the day Andy makes a full recovery.


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