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Devoted detective works despite terminal illness

A LOCAL detective continued to report for duty even after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.

Zhang Hao, deputy director and detective of the fifth detachment of the criminal investigations unit for the Shanghai police force, didn't tell his superior officers because he wanted to do his job for as long as possible.

Zhang, 38, also knew he had a vital role, especially with the police short-staffed because most of his colleagues were dispatched on security missions across the city during the World Expo. The 38-year-old detective is in charge of tracking suspects through the police's online pursuit system and coordinating with all police stations in the city when they make an arrest.

But on October 13, Zhang vomited about 1 liter of blood - an average adult has about 6 liters of blood - during a meeting due to liver cancer complications. Police said Zhang nearly died that day of excessive blood loss. He is now in hospital.

"He is one of the best in his position nationwide," said Yang Rujian, Zhang's mentor and former superior who is now stationed in the Ministry of Public Security in Beijing. "I feel sorry for him and our country's police system."

In the last three years, Zhang and his team have captured an increasing number of suspects and the quality of the information they entered into a police database, which is shared nationwide, always ranked as the best in the country.

In the past nine months, Shanghai police detained 2,888 suspects who had fled from other provinces due to Zhang's hard work and coordination, greatly enhancing public security during the World Expo, officers said.

"You can say Zhang was in an ordinary position, but he has made an outstanding contribution to the country because of his hard work and persistence," said Yang Zeqiang, commander in chief of the criminal police department. "Although I don't agree with this (hiding his health condition from superiors), he is really a man with great spirit."

Zhang often said "solving cases is my best pain killer."

He was always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure cases were solved quickly.


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