Amid New York’s coronavirus crisis, the widow of a slain NYPD officer is giving back to her late husband’s precinct.
Pei “Sanny” Xia Chen — whose husband, Det. Wenjian Liu, was assassinated in the line of duty — on Wednesday donated more than 3,000 face masks and a 325 mg box of hand sanitizer to his Downtown Brooklyn precinct.
Chen, 37 and Liu, 32, had only been married three months when he and his partner at the 84th Precinct, Rafael Ramos, 40, were were fatally ambushed in their marked squad car by cop-hating Ismaaiyl Brinsley five days before Christmas 2014.
“I was thinking about my husband precinct, how I love them so,” Chen told The Post of the donation. “Their job is to keep us safe so we want to do something to keep them safe as well.”
Some of the much-needed supplies were purchased by the foundation Chen set up in her husband’s name, and the rest were collected from Brooklynites and local businessowners who also wanted to lend a hand.
“The supply is so shortage, so I try to do my best for officers,” Chen said. “When they go home they’ll be safe and not to transfer any virus to their loved ones.”
The package was delivered to the station house on Wednesday afternoon by a team from the Detective WenJian Liu Foundation, including Vice President John Valles, a retired NYPD chief.
“The 84th Precinct has always been in Sanny’s heart,” Valles said. “She knows that the police department doesn’t have sufficient supplies, so she decided to donate these to the precinct.”
“The cops know they’ve got to do their job no matter what, but I think they’ll do it much better knowing that they’re protected,” Valles added. “Wearing masks and gloves gives them a sense of security.”
More than 3,000 officers are out sick as coronavirus spreads throughout the NYPD.
At least 236 cops have tested positive for COVID-19, including one at the 1st Precinct, sources have told The Post. In recent days, another 31 cops assigned to that precinct have called out ill, accounting for 17% of the command’s staffing.
“We want to do whatever we can to help during a tough time. We’re not super wealthy by we try to help out as much as we can,” said Carsten Ye, a friend of Chen’s who helped deliver the supplies Wednesday and said he was “heartbroken” when she heard about the 1st Precinct.
Cpt. Melody Robinson, the 84th Precinct’s executive officer, said the station house was “very appreciative” for the help.
“When I heard that the WenJian Liu Foundation was here delivering supplies I just had to go thank them. That meant the world to us,” Robinson said. “He gave the ultimate sacrifice and anything in his honor is a big deal to the 84.”
“Our officers are coming in every day, leaving their families at home and risking their lives,” she added. “Any protection we get is a great help and we’re truly grateful for that.”
Valles estimated that the supplies would last about two weeks.
Chen wasn’t able to make the delivery herself as she is self-quarantining at home with her toddler daughter Angelina, who was miraculously conceived three years after Liu’s murder, using his preserved sperm.
She had to go into self-isolation after attending an event about 10 days ago, where someone later tested positive for COVID-19.
At home, her tot is staying entertained by the black Labrador Chen adopted after her husband’s death, named Liu in his honor.
“They’re best friends and they play around,” Chen said. “It keeps my little angel busy.”