AUSTIN (KXAN) - Nearly two months after Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron was gunned down inside a North Austin Walmart , the Austin Police Association offered a public thank you for the way the community rallied to ease the sorrows of rank-and-file cops.
"We've never seen such an outpouring of public support for a fallen brother," says Austin Police Officer Anthony Nelson says in the video simply titled, "We Saw You."
"Your support during this tragic time reminds all of us why we took the pledge to protect and serve," he added.
Nelson, a homicide detective, narrated the video with fellow officer Dawn Hanson. The video, posted on the police association's website and on YouTube, features scenes from Padron's funeral services and of the motorcade that carried his body from Austin to his hometown of San Angelo.
Padron, who is survived by two daughters, was killed April 6.
Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron
Officer Padron joined the Austin Police Department just more than three years ago and also served as a police officer at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport as part of the Emergency Management Department that consolidated with APD in 2009
Before that, he spent 14 years as a police officer in San Angelo.
In Austin, Padron joined represented the North East Area Command for the Austin Police Officers Association's Board of Directors.
Before beginning his career in law enforcement, Padron served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was also deployed in both Gulf wars.
He was 40 and leaves behind two daughters, ages 10 and 6, as well as parents and other family members who live in San Angelo.
The number of those who died in the line of duty has risen to 21, the names and numbers going back to 1875.
Of the 21, only one was a woman: Officer Amy Lynn Donovan, killed on Oct. 31, 2004 when she was struck by a car.
- Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron -- died Friday, April 6, 2012 -- Cause: Gunfire
- Police Officer Amy Lynn Donovan -- died Sunday, October 31, 2004 -- Cause: Struck by vehicle
- Sergeant Earl Alison Hall -- died Monday, March 4, 2002 -- Cause: Heart attack
- Police Officer Clinton Hunter --died Thursday, November 29, 2001 -- Cause: Vehicular assault
- Police Officer William DeWayne Jones, Sr. -- died Sunday, May 28, 2000 -- Cause: Gunfire
- Police Officer Drew A. Bolin --died Friday, June 2, 1995 -- Cause: Vehicular assault
- Officer Robert Townes Martinez, Jr. -- died Saturday, February 25, 1989 -- Cause: Automobile accident
- Officer Lee Craig Smith -- died Saturday, December 15, 1979 -- Cause: Motorcycle accident
- Officer Ralph Allen Ablanedo -- died Thursday, May 18, 1978 -- Cause: Gunfire
- Officer Leland Dale Anderson -- died Friday, June 6, 1975 -- Cause: Gunfire
- Officer Thomas Wayne Birtrong -- died Friday, August 23, 1974 -- Cause: Automobile accident
- Officer Billy Paul Speed -- died Monday, August 1, 1966 -- Cause: Gunfire
- Officer Donald Eugene Carpenter --died Thursday, January 30, 1964 -- Cause: Gunfire
- Sergeant Walter Lee Tucker -- died Thursday, October 14, 1948 -- Cause: Motorcycle accident
- Officer Elkins P. Morrison -- died Sunday, February 2, 1936 -- Cause: Struck by vehicle
- Officer James R. Cummings -- died Sunday, December 3, 1933 -- Cause: Motorcycle accident
- Sergeant William Murray Stuart -- died Monday, October 16, 1933 -- Cause: Vehicle pursuit
- Chief of Police James N. Littlepage -- died Tuesday, October 9, 1928 --Cause: Gunfire
- Officer Tom Allen -- died Sunday, October 24, 1915 -- Cause: Gunfire
- Officer John Gaines -- died Wednesday, November 19, 1913 -- Cause: Gunfire
- Officer Cornelius L. Fahey -- died Monday, March 8, 1875 -- Cause: Gunfire
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