The guy with the motorcycle on the poster

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By Roger Snodgrass

He’s not exactly an unsung hero anymore, but only because he’s been sung a few times before.

Two years ago, De Colores, Inc., the organization that sponsors the Hispanic Cultural Festival named Jerry Romero one of their “unsung heroes” at their annual banquet in Albuquerque.

And now he is the guy with the motorcycle on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s “Million Reasons to Give” poster for the 2009 Employee Giving Campaign. There’s a quote: “You ask, ‘Where’s the love?’ Open your heart. It’s all around you.”

So, the secret is out on Romero, a research technologist in the chemistry division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, born and raised across the valley in Chimayo.

But he’s not big on claiming credit and that may be one reason he has come to represent in a quiet way, the ultimate volunteer.

When the subject is lending a hand, Romero comes to mind.

Among other things, he helped start a crime prevention organization in Chimayo, which led to a whole series of other involvements, including a Teen program, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

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