On Friday November 21, the community of San Gabriel and the surrounding area came together to show support for the family of slain Pomona Police Officer Shaun Diamond. A fundraiser was held at the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Store #11, at 633 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, from 4pm until closing. Store owner Jim Means, graciously donated a portion of all sales to the family of Officer Diamond, who was killed while serving a search warrant in the City of San Gabriel on October 29, 2014.
Although Officer Diamond was not a San Gabriel Police Officer, his death hit the men and women of the San Gabriel Police Department very hard. It was very important to everyone at the San Gabriel Police Officers' Association to do something in honor Shaun Diamond. Members of the SGPOA got the word out to the community and local residents, who came out in force and showed how important law enforcement is to them. Despite the cool weather, the store was standing room only most of the night. The customer volume was three to four times greater than a typical Friday night, according to store owner Means. Not everyone who came into the store was in an ice cream kind of mood. Some kind hearted people came in just to drop off a donation into the orange traffic cone, which was transformed into a donation collection box.
There were many people who were instrumental in making this such event a huge success. First if all, thank you to store owners, Jim and Huong Means, and their son, Brian; who not only donated a portion of the proceeds to Shaun's family, but worked extremely hard serving all of the customers who came in. A big thank you to San Gabriel Police Officer Ed McGehee, who helped coordinate the fundraiser with the Means family. Many SGPD personnel came out to help at various times throughout the night. However, a special thank you to Officers Shanon Casillas and Steve Richardson, who worked for the entire fundraiser with some family members of SGPD officers.
Between ice cream sales and donations, over $2000 was raised for Officer Diamond's family. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Diamond family, your generosity of heart was overwhelming and inspirational.