AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police honored the Walmart managers who acted quickly to help Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron moments before he died after being shot inside the store early April 6.
In the hours after the deadly shooting inside the store at Interstate 35 and Parmer Lane, Lincoln LaMere and Archie Jordy were lauded as heroes by Chief Art Acevedo for helping to tackle the shooter when the first shot rang out -- keeping more people from being hurt or killed.
Acevedo has called the men angels, saying the men are letting the police department let go of any anger over losing their one of its own.
The duo has stood silently on the sidelines, attending the fallen officer's somber funeral in the front rows in support of his family and remaining out of the media spotlight.
"Jaime wasn't just a uniform to them. He was a face," explained Acevedo as he spoke at the April 11 funeral, where Padron was remembered as a dedicated law enforcement professional, a proud Marine and dedicated dad.
LaMere and Jordy took down Brandon Daniel, 24, after he allegedly shot Padron in the neck and chest. The bullet shot into his chest lodged in his protective vest. It was the one into his neck that ended his life.
"They immediately jumped on that suspect. For their thanks, they had a shot fired at them that whizzed by them," said Acevedo that solemn, mid-April day. "They jumped on that radio. They started calling for help."
As Padron bled from his neck wound, both men stayed by his side.
"They started telling Jaime, 'Don't fall asleep. Wake up. Stay here,'" Acevedo told the crowd at the packed funeral service at Shoreline Church. "They jumped in there. They put their lives at risk for Jaime, for their co-workers and for the responding officers."
Acevedo had the men join him on the church's platform from where he spoke, and for the first time in five days, the public could put a face to the fallen officer's "angels."
Applause rang out as the humble men took the stage, and they were later given a standing ovation for their bravery.
"Thank you for being the angel by his side and being on his side," Acevedo concluded.
Walmart has donated $50,000 to a trust fund for the daughters Padron left behind, ages 6 and 10.
Another $25,000 went to the Austin Police Department, which Acevedo said will be used for the Explorers program in Padron's honor. He said it was something that Padron would have wanted in order to help young people.
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