It is with a heavy heart I send this information. We have lost another brother in law enforcement.
Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim, a 27 year veteran was tragically killed in the line of duty on Friday, June 19th 2015.
Officer Kim, 48, was a South Korea-born immigrant who came to the United States in 1973. Raised in Chicago, he moved to Cincinnati in 1986 to attend classes at the university of Cincinnati. Two years later he joined the Cincinnati police force where he earned 22 commendations over the years and was praised in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Justice for his service.
Officer Kim leaves behind 3 sons and his wife, Jessica. A benefit account has been started for his children at the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union. Anyone wishing to donate may stop by any of our branches or mail their donation to 959 W. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.
AALEA will be having its General Membership meeting (Dinner Meeting) on Friday, September 12th 2014, 7:00 pm at New Furama Restaurant located at 2828 S. Wentworth Ave, Chicago IL 60616. Our brothers and sisters from our sister chapter, Minnesota Asian Peace Officers Association (MNAPOA) will be attending. Dinner is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members if they are a guest of a member in good standing. Come out, network, have some fun and greet our fellow officers from Minnesota! We will also have a guest speaker form the Chicago Patrolman’s Federal Credit Union who will advise of some of the services they have to offer. Topics for this meeting will be the AALEA Awards Banquet on October 18th, and by-law amendments.
On Saturday September 13th 2014 AALEA will have its baseball outing at Cellular One Park, Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins, along with our sister chapter MNAPOA. Tickets are $63.00 and this includes the patio buffet, burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, potato and pasta salads, Miller products and Pepsi products along with the game ticket with seats in the outfield near the bull pen. The patio will open one hour and a half before the game and will remain open a half hour after the game begins. everyone is allowed to bring one drink to the game when they leave the patio. Please come out end enjoy this event with our sister chapter from Minnesota.
Please contact any board member ASAP if you are attending the Dinner Meeting at Furama on Friday, the baseball outing on Saturday or if you are attending both so we can get a headcount for Furama Restaurant and The patio at Sox Park. This will be a fun weekend so don’t miss out! Hope to see you all there!
A reminder that the AALEA Golf outing will be on Sunday, August 10th at Carriage Greens Club located at 8700 Carriage Green Drive, Darien IL 60561. Check in is at 10:00 am and Tee time is at 11:00 am. The price per person is $110.00 and this includes golf, cart, lunch, open bar, dinner and gifts. There will be closest to the pin, longest drive, contests and raffles. Come out and enjoy a fun day and give your support as the golf outing is for a good cause. The outing will raise funds for two scholarship awards that will be awarded by AALEA at our Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 18th, 2014. The Scholarship will perpetrate the memory of Illinois State Trooper Chong S. Lim who was tragically killed in the line of duty when his patrol car was struck from behind as he conducted a traffic stop on the Northwest Tollway. His squad car was rear-ended and burst into flames.
On Tuesday, June 6th 1995, Trooper Lim stopped a car on I-90, near Hoffman Estates. He was sitting in his squad car when a pickup truck struck the rear of his vehicle and forced it into the automobile in front of him. The force of the collision caused the gas tank to explode and trapped Trooper Lim inside.
The driver of the pickup truck was arrested for DUI. He was later charged with manslaughter for Trooper Lim’s death and sentenced to eight years in prison.
Born in South Korea, Trooper Lim patrolled District 3 in Chicago upon his graduation from the Academy. He transferred to the midnight shift in District 15, Oak Brook, just one month before his death. He is survived by his wife. The scholarship award is named after Trooper Chong Soo Lim.
Chicago Police Commander Lucy Moy-Bartosik was featured on ABC news on Saturday, May 17 on a special program titled Asian Influences.
Reporter Linda Yu described Commander Moy’s journey, experience and hopes with respect to her law enforcement work and career. Commander Moy has held many positions — “beat cop, to detective, to the CAPS program, to sergeant, to lieutenant, to commander of the 20th District. She’s now the highest ranking Asian woman in the force, commander of CAPS, the patrol division.”
Moy stated that that she hopes “to bring more women, including Asian women, into the department.” AALEA is proud to have the guidance and support from long-term member Lucy Moy and we congratulate her on this recent tribute.