WASHINGTON, D.C (KXAN) - His family admits that Jaime Padron would have found it all to be a little much.
But that does not mean it is unnecessary.
"I can just hear him saying 'what are you doing all that for? Stop it," said his sister Linda Diaz. "But he deserves it. He worked so hard for the job that he loved."
That is why a trip to Washington for his family and more than 60 Austin Police Department colleagues had to happen. Padron's name was one of 143 read aloud on Capitol Hill during Wednesday's National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.
All the names are also now etched in stone at the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial that sits a mile east of the White House. President Barack Obama delivered the main tribute in the shadow of the Capitol Building.
"It is a piece of history," said brother Johnny Padron of the engraving on panel 33 of the memorial where Jaime's name sits. "He will always be here. We will be gone one day but he will always be here."
In 27 years of law enforcement, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has seen many friends' names engraved on the wall and says the memorial is a huge honor.
"To us, this is the final step in out journey," said Acevedo. "To make sure his name is immortal."
Families for each of the honored officers were allowed to place a flower in a wreath as the names on the roll call were read. When Padron's name was called, his two young daughters placed the flower while the rest of his family followed behind.
In his nine-minute address, Obama urged Americans keep all of the fallen in their thoughts and prayers.
"The brave officers we gather to remember today devoted themselves so fully to others to serve, and to protect others, that in the process they were willing to give their lives," the president said. "We should not pause and remember to thank first responders and police officers only in the wake of tragedy. We should do it every day."
He then chatted and shook hands with friends, relatives and colleagues of those who were honored.
Acevedo led a delegation of about 60 officers from his department to the nation's capital for Wednesday's ceremony, which is the capstone in the country's celebration of National Police Week. The chief used his Twitter account to convey the emotion surrounding the dedication and his memories of Padron, who was gunned down April 6, 2012, while responding to a disturbance call.
"As the day ends, can't find the words to describe the sense of pride I have in the men & women (the Austin Police Department) & who the represented ATX," Acevedo tweeted late Tuesday. An earlier tweet read: "Thanks for honoring our fallen hero. May God bless Jaime, comfort his family & keep you all safe."
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
The ceremony honors the officers who died in 2012 or whose deaths were discovered last year. The memorial has more than 19,000 names dating back to the late 18th century.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has a page on its website where personal tributes can be written.
Being at the service and other events during National Police Week has been a good experience for the family that still mourns.
"We are not alone. We are running into families with similar challenges and grief," said Diaz. "we are finding out that there is a lot of support."
Seeing her brother's name on the memorial wall was bittersweet.
"When I first walked up, I was sad. But then the honor took over," said Diaz.
"I'm so, so, proud. So deeply proud of him."
The department normally does not pay to send staff to Police Officer Memorial week, a department spokesperson said.
"This year, since we had an officer being added to the wall and honored for his service, the department wanted to send representatives," Anna Sabana said.
To send individuals to the memorial, APD requested and received special permission from the U.S. Department of Justice, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section to use equitably shared funds to send 46 members, including honor guard members, the Pipe and Drum Corp., the Police Chaplain and the squad members of the fallen officer at the time of his death to memorial week for three days.
Sabana said the estimated cost associated with the request was $31,535.95. These staff agreed to fund their own meals and incidentals.
Costs to send police chief Art Acevdeo and two assistant chiefs will be funded out of APD's operating budget. Other employees within the department were granted special assignment leave to attend but are attending at their own expense, Sabana said.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
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.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.