Jaime Padron was brutally murdered on April 6, 2012. When I think of Jaime, the first image is always of that million dollar smile he shared with everyone he met. This story is about him and two civilians who became heroes the morning of Officer Padron’s death.
The murderer’s name won’t be printed in this article. That name will receive too much public display when it is printed and spoken tens of thousands of times over the next ten to twenty-five years as he sits on death row and attempts to cheat the grim reaper over and over with legal appeals.
|Archie Jordy, Austin Chief Art Acevedo, & Lincoln LeMere|
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission was created a hundred ten years ago, in 1904, by American industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Its intent was to recognize and reward those ordinary citizens who become heroes when faced with extraordinary circumstances. You can learn more about the Commission if you follow this link, http://carnegiehero.org/resources/a-century-of-heros-video/ .
There were other Walmart employees who tried to assist that night, but LeMere and Jordy risked their lives to stop the murderer. We often joke about Walmart, its customers, and those who work there. That changed for me with the death of Officer Jaime Padron. I will forever think of Jaime when I see a Walmart employee. I’m sure if he could speak with Archie Jordy and Lincoln LeMere today, he would greet them with that giant smile and say, Good job, guys!