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Services Held For Fallen APD Officer In San Angelo

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
The casket carrying Jaime Padron arrived at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in San Angelo Thursday evening for a rosary.  Padron was wheeled to the very spot, where 26 years ago as a teenager, he received confirmation.

Holding up a piece of paper, Michael Pfeifer, the Bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo told me, “I went to the file today and found the certificate here of his confirmation”.  Bishop Pfeifer was the one who presided over that happier occasion, “I go way back with Jaime”.

And Friday, he will personally oversee Padron’s funeral mass, “So it brings back a lot of memories and sorrow and sadness…I am a human being.  I have feelings.  I feel the emotions that everybody feels about this tragedy.”

The highest ranking Catholic official here says he has long known the Padron family and he has already conjured up the words he wants to convey to them.  The sentence is in Spanish and roughly translates to, “we give you our heart and our condolence and we share your sorrow”.

The bishop plans to augment that phrase with this even more powerful statement Friday as he celebrates the life of Jaime Padron: “Jesus told us in the gospel we will proclaim that there is no greater sacrifice than to give your life for another person…and he did that”.

See a special section in honor of Officer Padron.
See our YouTube playlist of videos from Officer Padron's memorial.Services Held For Fallen APD Officer 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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