Retired soldiers fight virus as volunteers in Luohu
More than 1,500 retired soldiers in Luohu are taking part as volunteers in the epidemic control and prevention work in the district.
They work at more than 220 checkpoints in residential communities, villages, subway stations and enterprises serving the public.
Among them is Xu Yeou, who once took part in the ceremony marking the return of Hong Kong to the motherland, and disaster relief working during in Wenchuan earthquake; Chen Wuxian, a first-class war hero, Lin Zhenhui, who donated more than 5,000 masks along with his comrade-in-arms; and Professor Mu Zhenji, who donated 10,000 yuan from his pension to epidemic control.
Incomplete statistics show retired soldiers in Luohu has donated more than 100,000 yuan, and over 1,000 masks and protective overalls for the cause of fighting the COVID-19 outbreak.
They have taken part in missions related to epidemic control more than 8,000 times in aggregate, guarded hundreds of checkpoints, measured the temperature of local residents more than 200,000 times, and offered various other services to local residents on more than 3,000 occasions to help them resolve their practical difficulties.
Xu Yeou said it was an honor to be appointed as a captain commando in the Jinri residential community of Luohu, home to over 3,000 residents.
Among the 1,092 families in the community, more than 150 are from hard-hit regions of the epidemic. Xu employed his work experience and paid special attention to working closely with the people. He worked in close cooperation with the property management company, and used the channel of a WeChat group to keep close contact with residents.
Chen Wuxian, who is often invited by schools and companies to give speeches on patriotism, took advantage of his social connections to persuade more than 30 entrepreneurs and property owners to reduce rents. He also mobilized his friends and relatives to donate to the war against the virus.
A veteran solider with battlefield experience, Lin Zhenhui fully knows the importance of protective clothing to doctors and nurses. He bought 400 masks and gave them free to frontline staff in the community in the wake of the outbreak of the epidemic. Afterwards, he mobilized 76 comrade-in-arms in donating 27,300 yuan for epidemic control efforts in the area under the jurisdiction of the Cuizhu sub-district office.
After a volunteer found Lin wears a mask for a few days on his post, many people donated masks to him, and he received more than 100 in two days.
Lin's son also became a volunteer and works together with him.
Mu Zhenji, 85, a retired philosophy professor of the China People's Police University, persuaded more than 30 retired military officials and their families in Shenzhen to skip their Spring Festival holiday travel plans to Hubei, their home region, in late January, four days before Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, was locked down.
"Mu's experience is even richer than mine," said a retired military doctor surnamed Deng, who is among the 30 people involved. "At that time, he told us this time it would be more serious than the severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003."
Mu had twisted his ankle, and the military authorities declined his request to work as volunteer on the frontline. So, he donated 10,000 yuan out of his pension to the cause.
There are many more retired soldiers who extend their helping hands to help Luohu battle against the virus.
Wang Dunmao, and Wu Xianbin volunteered to help residents in Lanhua community to buy daily necessities.
Chen Suguang helped to sterilize four 12-storey apartment buildings, floor by floor, twice a day. And he also went to factories to help measure temperatures of workers.
Jiang Yanxi, a physically challenged retired soldier, volunteered to help the property management company in his community and has been working on the frontline for 24 days consecutively. "As long as the epidemic is present, I will be there," he said.