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Fallen Austin Officer Jaime Padron Remembered In San Angelo

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
As Austin gets ready to bid a final farewell to Officer Jaime Padron, the city of San Angelo prepares to welcome him home one last time.

Austin is doing the actual escort bringing Jaime home, “he was their officer, they need to do that for him, but he was our brother too and we'll be close by,” explains San Angelo Police Sergeant John Rodriguez.

At the San Angelo police department, many who were close to Padron are coping with his loss by adding their personal memories to a collage, “We thought it might be appropriate for people to be able to put something down on paper, says Rodriguez, who has too many fond memories to put them all to paper.  He met Padron 18 years ago as a recruit.  He watched as Padron met his eventual fiancé, "Watched ‘em get married, watched them have children".  And he watched as Padron warned his little daughters about the dangers of daddy's job, “He did what he could to prepare them…at their age they don't grasp the concept. He did that to help them understand in case there was a loss, they could come to grips a little bit easier.”

This may help too: some time after their father is laid to rest in San Angelo, police there plan to give Padron's six and ten year old daughters that collage they are putting together to let the little girls know how much their father was loved and respected by his extended family, “So they'd know some things about their dad, things that perhaps they weren’t privy to prior to, things we knew about him, and things that we loved about him, and just give them some more memories."Fallen Austin Officer Jaime Padron Remembered In San Angelo

Fallen Austin Officers

Amy Donovan

Amy Donovan, 37, Oct. 31, 2004
Officer Donovan was chasing a suspect on foot in East Austin. Her partner put the patrol car in reverse and tried to block the man's escape route. During the chase, the patrol car struck Donovan and pinned her next to a utility pole. Donovan had been a police officer for five months. She was survived by a husband and four children.

Clinton Hunter

Clinton Hunter, 22, Nov. 29, 2001
Officer Hunter was on the I-35 access road near Onion Creek waiting to deploy a stinger, a device used to puncture and flatten tires, to stop car during a chase. The car hit and killed Hunter. He had been an officer for 14 months. Hunter is survived by a wife and two children.

Drew Alan Bolin

Drew Alan Bolin, 25, June 2, 1995
Officer Bolin was directing traffic at an accident site on I-35 when a drunk driver hit and killed him. Bolin had been an officer for five months. He was survived by his parents and fiancee.

Robert Martinez Jr.

Robert Martinez Jr., 26, February 25, 1989
Officer Robert Martinez Jr. died when his patrol car struck a tree. Martinez, who was en route to assist another officer, swerved to avoid a pick up truck that had pulled into his path.

Lee Smith

Lee Smith, 28, December 15, 1979
Officer Smith was chasing a suspect on MoPac when he lost control of his motorcycle. He died from his injuries several months later.

Ralph A. Ablanedo

Ralph A. Ablanedo, 26, May 18, 1978
Officer Ablanedo was shot to death during a traffic stop. The passenger in the car, David Lee Powell, had a warrant for his arrest. He shot Ablanedo with an AK-47. Powell was executed for the murder in 2010.

Read the entire list here.


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