APD substation honors fallen officer

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News

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Posted on April 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 6 at 6:41 PM

AUSTIN -- On the one year anniversary of Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron's death, The City of Austin re-names a police sub-station in his honor.

April 6th 2012. Austin senior police officer Jaime Padron is shot and killed while responding to a call of a suspected shoplifter in a North Austin Walmart.

The former Marine and 17-year veteran officer was 40 years old and the father of two young girls.

One year later, dozens of Austin police officers, Austinites, and Padron's family gather for the unveiling of a memorial garden in his honor at the North Austin substation where he worked.

It sits next to the steps Padron climbed each shift on the way in, and is filled with plants that were left at the police station when he died.

"I looked over at the plants at the flag pole and I had a vision. And I told Jaime that I was going to build him a perpetual garden. And at that moment I could feel him smiling down on me," said APD's Chanra Ervin.

Padron's nieces and nephews lay a stone in the garden. Then the crowd processes to the front.

Among them are officers from San Angelo, Padron's home town and the department where he started his police career.

"Jaime was a part of our lives. The three of us that came down today are all very close friends of his and this is just something we wanted to see through, something we wanted to be a part of," said San Angelo Police Sgt. Matthew Baldwin.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Councilmember Mike Martinez express their gratitude, and police chief Art Acevedo remembers Padron's dedication.

"Jaime was more than just a brother, a father, a son, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, an uncle; he was above all else for us, a great cop. A great servant. A man that taught us all what service was about," said Acevedo.

Because of his service, and ultimate sacrifice, the substation where he worked now bears his name. 

Padron's parents help unveil a plaque dedicating the building.

"We see him, sometimes in the faces of the new recruits. I see my brother. I see his spirit. I see his spirit in the chief, that go get 'em attitude," said Padron's sister Linda Diaz.

Across the country, police stations are referred to as "houses" by the men and women who work there. These officers say now this will be called Jaime's house.

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