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San Angelo Prepares For Arrival Of Fallen Austin Police Officer

Updated: Wednesday, April 11 2012, 05:48 PM CDT
Jaime Padron’s ties to his hometown were as tight as the knots that secure a brigade of shiny police blue bows now lining the route to his final resting spot in San Angelo.

“We’re just putting out the flags for the last ride,” explains bow maker Chandice Book Nevins.

Wives and widows of police officers here are affixing hundreds of the markers to poles around town to ensure Padron comes home to a hero’s welcome.

Book Nevins explains, “He was very loved, very well liked, an honest stand up guy.  It lets the Austin officers and the San Angelo officers, the whole community, his family…it’s just a sign of respect that’s very visible.  These are the overwhelming things that you don’t expect and when you see it come together it brings a sense of unity.”

Book Nevins knows how significant these little touches can be.  She lost her own husband in a car accident just after he made the police force here three years ago, “And this community did a lot for me when I was in a very similar situation to his friends and family.  And anything I can do to show them that we do care and we are supporting you and we are here for you, we’re doing it.  This is actually healing for me being out here and remembering we are all a family and we do support each other.”

The unity isn’t just limited to the ‘police family’.  The people of San Angelo who Padron served for 14 years are being asked to line up along the path of bows Friday morning as a sort of final salute to him as he is taken to his burial.San Angelo Prepares For Arrival Of Fallen Austin Police 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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