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Officers Travel From Across Texas To Honor Fallen Officer

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
Hundreds of police officers, firefighters, and other law enforcement and emergency personnel from across Texas traveled to Austin to pay tribute Wednesday to fallen Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron.

Personnel from police departments in Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, and San Angelo, Officer Padron's hometown and former department, came to his memorial Wednesday morning at Shoreline Church.

Several members of the San Angelo Police Department recalled Officer Padron's tireless dedication to his work and also his personality. They said he was usually smiling and would always go out of his way to help anyone, regardless of whether or not he knew them.

Two police officers from Chicago also reportedly attended Officer Padron's viewing Tuesday night at Cook-Walden Funeral Home.

See our special section honoring Officer Padron.
See pictures of the funeral and tributes.
See our YouTube playlist of videos cut from Officer Padron's memorial.Officers Travel From Across Texas To Honor Fallen Officer

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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