AUSTIN (KXAN) - The police substation not far from where Jaime Padron was gunned down while responding to a call is named in the senior police officer's honor in a formal ceremony Saturday -- the one-year anniversary of his death.
The facility at 12425 Lamplight Village, east of the intersection of Parmer Lane and MoPac Boulevard, will be called the Jaime Padron Police Station. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.
The emotion dedication on a blustery morning featured remarks by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Police Chief Art Acevedo and others who recalled Padron as a dedicated police offer who thrived on public service.
"Although we still hurt ... we are in celebration mode," said Acevedo. "This is a celebration of a man, a life and a family."
Padron, 40, was answering an early morning call on April 6, 2012, about someone acting erratically inside the Walmart store at Parmer Lane and Interstate 35. When he approached the man, Brandon Daniel, the officer was shot in the neck and died from the injury.
Daniel, now 25, reportedly had been drinking heavily and under the influence of Xanax in the hours before the shooting.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehhmberg said in November that she will seek the death penalty for Daniel.
Padron's death shocked Austin and police expressed gratitude as the city and its people rallied to the department's support. Last week on Good Friday, members of the Police Department assembled at the Walmart at the same predawn hour that Padron was gunned down for a prayer vigil. Padron was killed on Good Friday 2012.
Police are asking residents once more to express their support for Padron and his memory. Officers have made a Facebook banner paying homage to the officer and are asking people to use it as their Facebook cover photo to mark the anniversary. It's Photo 2 above this report.
A former Marine, Officer Padron had been with APD for more than three years. Prior to that, he had been a Austin Bergstrom International Airport police officer and had served 14 years with the San Angelo Police Department. He left behind two daughters.
A contingency of the San Angelo Police Department also made the trip to attend the memorial.
Itinerary for the event:
- 10 a.m. Memorial Garden Unveiling
- 10:20 a.m. APD Pipe and Drum/Presentation of the Colors
- 10:30 a.m. Benediction by Pastor Rick Randall
- 10:35 a.m. Dedication Ceremony to include remarks by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, members of the Austin City Council, City Manager Marc Ott, Police Chief Art Acevedo and a Padron family member. Commander Mark Spangler will serve as emcee.
- 10:50 a.m. Plaque Unveiling/Pipe and Drum Corps music
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Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
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Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.