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Officer Jesse Kenneth Paderez

San Fernando Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, July 17, 2002

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Reflections for Officer Jesse Kenneth Paderez

Rio Hondo Police Academy Class 110 classmate and just a great guy. I haven’t forgotten about you brother. God Bless.

Officer Mike Vitalich
Redondo Beach PD

August 9, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 17, 2018

Jesse and I worked patrol together for a few years and it was never a dull moment. He often got mad at the rest of us if we made a mess in the station or the officers' lounge and he was always cleaning. For those of us still around, we often tell stories involving Jesse and the hunting trips and weekend trips to Laughlin etc.

We miss you brother

Joel Vasquez
San Fernando PD

May 21, 2015

Uncle,

You will always be remembered for how you lived and made us all laugh.

I remember with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes how highly everyone talked about you. So many people that you knew through work had so many incredible things to say about you. They loved you so much and felt like family.

I wish Uncle Ernie and you had seen me become a police officer. I often wonder what advice you would have given me. Five years into this profession and I am humbled by how much there is to learn.

I look forward to when I can share my cop stories with you.

Officer David Valdez
San Diego Police Department

April 9, 2013

As I was waiting to be let into the courtroom for Jury duty in San Fernando, I saw the back of a San Fernando Police officer waiting for the elevator and thought I saw Jesse. I held my breath just for moment, thinking he was actually there, but knew it wasn't him. When he turned, I saw a different face. My heart sank and I was reminded that Jesse was gone.
I met Jesse when I started dating the woman who is today my wife of 11 years and the mother of my 3 children. Jesse was dating her sister, Valerie, at the time. I was always comfortable around Jesse. He was hilarious. He and I would go fishing Saltwater Fishin together often. We would talk about work and our personal lives. What made us tick, happy, angry, etc. We saw eye to eye like brothers. There were days that I wish he and Val would marry(no offense Maria).
This one time I saw him in his patrol car and decided to pull him over. He turned on his lights and sirens, and over the loud speaker, with everyone looking, told me to step out of the vehicle and tell him why I pulled him over. He ha a huge smile on his face.
Everyone loved him and respected him. I'm sorry I haven't thought about him much these past few years. I wish he could see my kids. He is missed.

Michael K. Uno
Friend

September 25, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Paderez. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

My name is Brian Sliwoski and I'm a retired San Fernando Police Officer and former SWAT team partner of Jesse's. I have unfortunately not thought about him for a while. Since my retirement in 2004, due to the loss of my lower left leg, I have not had the chance to say we have lost
A great man/officer!!
To Maria, I would like to say hello, and hope you're doing okay.
I love you Jesse/Maria
Love,
Brian

Detective (Retired) Brian Sliwoski
San Fernando Police Department

November 24, 2011

It's been 8 years and you have never left my heart! I miss you everyday. Had a mass said for you at St. Ferdinand's. Yes, it was at the 7AM mass! (Early, just like you liked!)

You always left an great impression on everyone you met, on or off duty.

Love you and miss you oh so much!

Maria Flores
Fiancé

July 23, 2010

On the 8th anniversary of Officer Paderez's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer Paderez is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

July 18, 2010

You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer; Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 17, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 17, 2010

7 years later, and you are still not forgotten. You will never be forgotten. Rest in God's peace, brother.

Officer Josh McCrary
Plumerville Police Dept, Arkansas

July 17, 2009

Pumpkin Head,

I was thinking of you today and how our station is just not the same without you. So many have come and gone since your passing, but you will always be remembered. Rest well my friend, you are missed.

Officer David Huang
San Fernando Police Department

November 22, 2008

........you are not forgotten my brother.......continued rest, we have the watch from here......6 years later today you are still remembered

officer val pickens
bpd/birmingham,al

July 16, 2008

Pudgy was a very good friend of mine. I met him through my cousin Ray. I use to date him when he was in the car club "New Life" He had a really nice car that he truly loved. In the later years, I ran into to him from time to time. He had become an officer and was very proud of it. He was a very kind hearted person and I am glad that I had the pleasure of knowing him. I send my condolences to all of his family and close friends.God Bless Patsy

Patsy Caldera Gonzales
Friend

February 7, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 6, 2007

I THINK I AM SOME HOW RELATED TO HIM!!! I AM SORRY FOR HIS PASSING!!

Stephanie Paderez

October 21, 2006

Even though it's been 4 years you will never be forgotten. My son was killed by gunfire accidentally, it just goes to shown you how dangerous their job is, and the sacrafice the families make.
Officer Paderez keep watch over your family I know they miss you and say hello to Clint for me. We will never forget you.

Connie Barker Fort Walton Beach, Fl
Mother of Clint Walker E.O.W. 1-14-04 Prattville, Al

July 17, 2006

Dear,Uncle you and I had a special bond. I missed you the most the day I got married. Maria sang the "song".And the day I gave birth to my daughter Ava Marie Cortes. My son Joseph talks about the memories you guys shared all the time. Thank you for all memories. I miss you....

Stephanie Paderez-Cortes
Niece

January 29, 2006

Uncle, you were more than an uncle to me you were a Father figure to me.
Thanks for the mermories you shared with me (Hunting & Fishing). Everything you tought me I share with my kids. You'll never be forgotten in our family.We miss you!

Ernie Paderez
Nephew

January 20, 2006

To Jesse Kenneth Paderez, "PUGGY" to those of us he was very close to. You will always be remembered and Loved. Thank You for all the good memories and times we spent together. Your family is fine and will go on with you in our Hearts. God Bless, Your Cousin/Brother

Cpl. Louis Tanore
Santa Maria Police Department

January 20, 2006

You were hilighted on the website
today so it gives us another opportunity to salute you and honor
you for your service as well as your
supreme sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

July 28, 2005

I did not know you...but wish I did! I have almost been sent home twice now, but I stay here. I will see you sooner or later until then thank you for being a police officer!!!

Police Officer
Alan

October 7, 2004

I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 23, 2004

I have been a police officer for over 30 years and an armorer for 21 years and I am certified as a Sig Armorer. My intent is not to blame but to train as that is my full time DPD job.

I have heard of one other instance where this has happened. After studying the other officers habits, it was learned that instead of using the decocking lever to lower the hammer, that particular officer had the habit of lowering the hammer with his thumb while pulling the trigger. In that instance, the officer unintentionally defeated the hammer rest spring, which allowed the hammer to rest on top of the firing pin. When his pistol fell to the ground, the concrete struck the hammer, driving it into the firing pin, which ultimately caused the firing pin to strike the primer causing the weapon to discharge.

As I stated, in NO way is this intended to insinuate that the officer listed here did anything wrong. I only know the circumstances that this brief summary stated. I do not know if this is the cause of this tragedy BUT I do know this habit will cause the firearm to discharge when the hammer is struck. Please be safe out there!!! Mark

Mark Wammack
Dallas PD

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