AUSTIN -- The Austin City Council approved a resolution on Thursday to rename a North Austin police station in honor of fallen Senior Officer Jaime Padron.
The vote came down unanimously among council members. Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell sponsored the resolution. It renames the substation on Lamplight Village near Parmer Lane in honor of Officer Padron.
Police Chief Art Acevedo calls the recognition a "no brainer." Acevedo said on April 6, the one year anniversary of Padron’s death, there will be a dedication ceremony at the substation.
Padron died in the line of duty while responding to a 911 call at a Walmart a couple of miles from the station. A suspected shoplifter opened fire that morning, shooting and killing Padron.
“His memory is a reminder of what service is supposed to be about -- service with a smile, service with the heart of a servant and service with the utmost professionalism, which is what Jaime represented,” said Chief Acevedo.
Along with renaming the station, Chief Acevedo said Padron's name will also be added to the Texas Peace Officer's Memorial at the State Capitol. In May it will be added to the National Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Chief Acevedo says there are also plans for a brief ceremony honoring Officer Padron on the exact day and time he died, likely at that very Walmart.
Meanwhile the gunman, Brandon Daniel, remains in the Travis County Jail, without bond. He is awaiting his trial.