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Fallen Officer Was 'Best Of The Best'

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
At the Austin Police Department Headquarters Friday afternoon, flags were flying at half staff as the force remembers one of their own; 41-year-old Senior Officer Jaime Padron.  He is memorialized as one of the finest to wear the uniform.

“He was outstanding cop.  And it always seems--we’re not perfect--but it always seems when we lose an officer it’s the best of the best.  When the call goes out they do not hesitate they don’t hesitate to get there.  I can tell you through my experiences with him we lost a really good solid human being today and it’s a loss for the city,” announced Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo at an early morning news conference outside the North Austin Wal-Mart where Padron was shot to death at point blank range hours earlier while responding to a drunk and disorderly person call at the store.

Officer Padron is survived by his parents and two daughters, ages 6 and 10.

“They are not alone. The Austin Police Department our first response community and most importantly our city and our community will stand with this family and we will make sure those two little girls who just lost their father tonight through no fault of his own are raised the way they need to be raised that their needs are met,” assures Chief Acevedo.

We have a special section with detailed information about Officer Padron, the shooting and a list of all the Austin officers who have died in the line of duty. Officer Was 'Best Of The Best'

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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