PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It was day full of both support and emotion at a fundraiser for the Philadelphia highway patrolman who was critically injured in the line of duty earlier this year.
“He means the world to us,” Doreen Devil said with tears in her eyes. “He’s a great guy.”
Devlin was emotional as she spoke about Officer Andy Chan.
Just days into the New Year, Chan was on his police motorcycle heading to work when authorities say he was struck by a van.
Now months later, Chan’s sister Serena tells KYW Newsradio that the injured officer is “coming along.”
“It’s a traumatic brain injury,” she explained. “A brain is a miraculous organ. He’ll get there — it’s just a matter of time.”
Chan’s friends and colleagues all poured into a Chinatown restaurant Sunday to raise money to help his family.
Kyle Cross, Chan’s former partner, says they do it for him because he would do the same for them.
“Forty or fifty hours a week you’re with them more than you’re with your family, Cross said. “Words can’t explain what he means to me.”
The crowd bought custom made t-shirts and challenge coins to benefit the Chan family.
“We’re here to support them, to help’em out in any way we can,” said Chan’s colleague Ed Ruth. “Every little bit helps toward the bills and other things.”