Rose Robateau, the wife of fallen Jersey City Police Lt. Chris Robateau and also a health care worker, organized a community PPE giveaway on Friday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Rose Robataeu donated large amounts of PPE to all four Jersey City police districts as well as to the Jersey City Fire Department, to support her husband’s family in blue and other first responders.
She was joined by Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson, community activist and recent board of education candidate Tara Stafford, and “The Grind Shop” owner Michael Clarke.
Clarke co-sponsored the event, which was organized by Ward F community activist and the founder of “The Robateau Legacy” project: Alika Muhammad.
Muhammad founded The Robateau Legacy two years ago to commemorate Lt. Robateau’s life of service through various community events and philanthropic efforts.
One of her goals has been working with the city to rename the Gateway Park on Merseles Ave in honor of Chris Robateau.
Additionally, several members of the JCPD helped with the event, including Deputy Chief Nicholas Scerbo, East District Commander Benjamin Daley, among many others. Freeholder Jerry Walker (D-3) also stopped by to show support.
All volunteers worked towards a collective goal of handing out over 1,000 individually packaged PPE boxes to various members of the community who stopped by, drove up in cars, with even some donations going to passing busses.
Rose Robateau gives hundreds of masks & gloves to #JerseyCity residents outside The Grind Coffee Shop to honor her late husband, #JCPD Lt .Chris Robateau, decorated veteran of 23 years whose watch ended in 2018. Councilman Robinson @Jermaine4WardF & JCPD help hand out the PPE. pic.twitter.com/wWeS3HCoZX
— City of Jersey City (@JerseyCity) May 16, 2020