Vigil in Capitol Hill honors Jaime Padron, fallen officers

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by SUE TURNER / KVUE News

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Posted on May 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 5:53 PM

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Around 40,000 people paid tribute in our nation's capital Wednesday to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The name of APD Senior Officer Jaime Padron was added to the national police memorial Wednesday. Officer Padron was fatally shot in April 2012 while responding to a shoplifting call at a Wal-Mart in North Austin.

The Austin Police Department sent dozens of officers to Washington for the memorial. Padron's sister Linda and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo were among them.
      
"We believe he was born to be a police officer. When he was little he'd be looking at us and his eyes would be scanning left to right at the same time having a conversation or asking a question.
So very inquisitive," Linda said.

"Jaime's a guy that was a true servant his entire adult life...(He) served in the Marine Corps, served overseas, then served not only in San Angelo but in Austin. He was the epitome of professionalism and we're going to miss him dearly," Acevedo said.

While in Washington, families of those who died have the opportunity to take classes on grief and coping. Organizers even have programs geared towards children and teens.

KVUE's Sue Turner attended Wednesday's service and has the story. Click on the video player above to see more.
 

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