Fallen officers remembered with ceremony, parade

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by FOTI KALLERGIS and HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News

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Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 6:26 PM

AUSTIN -- Police officers from across the state fled to downtown Austin Monday to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty.

A ceremony honoring fallen police officers and a parade took place Monday morning. The governor and lieutenant governor were in attendance.

One of those fallen officers honored was APD Senior Officer Jaime Padron. He was shot and killed in North Austin last April.

The ceremony held for fallen officers takes place every two years. Officers from across Texas took part in the procession up Congress Avenue Monday around 10:30 a.m.

Twenty-five fallen officers were added to the Texas Peace Officers memorial wall on the northeast side of the State Capitol. Family members of the officers, including Padron, sat behind the podium for the ceremony. 

Fourteen additional officers will be added to the memorial who died before 1999 when the wall went up. Some date as far back as the 1800s.

Sunday night there was a special vigil at the memorial site. People gathered and held up blue lights in honor of the fallen officers.

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