By Randall Yip

was saddened to open the paper this morning to learn that Herb Lee had died.

He was not a household name.

I’ve had very little social interaction with him over the years.

Yet I couldn’t help but think back to an incident in my youth when he was there to have my back and the back of other impressionable youth.

Herb Patrick Lee was the first Chinese American police officer in the city of San Francisco.

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