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Newsfront - May 22, 2009

Scooter Giveaway benefits Romans family

Danville business holds fundraiser for slain officer's family

by Geoff Gillette

A pair of Danville businessmen, wanting to help out in the wake of the tragic death of Oakland Police Sgt. Irvin Romans, recently held a fundraiser and donated all the proceeds to the slain officer's family.

Craig Blackburn said that he and his brother Bill, owners of Pacific Coast Hardware and Auto Parts, decided to hold a barbeque and drawing to raise money for the family.

"We, my brother Bill and I, felt a need to help them because they're our neighbors and they're in need of help," he said.

The Blackburns decided to raffle off a scooter as a fundraiser. The sporty pink Zenen 50cc scooter, adorned with a "Win Me" sign, sat outside Blackburn's store on San Ramon Valley Boulevard to advertise the drawing. Chances were $10 apiece.

On May 9, the brothers held their barbeque, which lasted throughout the day. Danville police officers, members of the California Highway Patrol, KGO-TV and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District all joined in at the event, which featured a DJ.

Nikki Romans, the widow of the slain officer, attended as well and helped pick out the name of the winner of the scooter.

Danville resident Carol Abshire was the lucky winner. When she and her husband Pat were informed of their good fortune, they came down to meet with Romans and the Blackburns and to accept their prize.

At the end of the event, the Blackburn brothers presented Nikki Romans with the proceeds from the drawing, which totaled just over $3,100.

Blackburn said he was pleased with the response from the Danville community in supporting the Romans family.