OPD welcomes Mounted Patrol Horse Orozco

Published: Nov. 29, 2018 at 1:17 PM CST
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The Omaha Police Department formally welcomed Mounted Patrol Horse Orozco to the unit Thursday morning.

Horse Orozco

The event included a graduation celebration at the police barn on Leavenworth.

Orozco, also known as Red, was donated by Hector Orozco, the husband of fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco. When work and family required more time than he could spend riding and caring for Red, Hector decided to donate him to the Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Unit.

He said the idea to donate Red to the department came to him when he saw Omaha Police Mounted Patrol officers patrolling on their horses.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said, "Officer Orozco's legacy will always remain strong in our community. Orozco is a great reminder of that legacy."

Orozco graduated Thursday after a year of extensive training. He will take to the streets with his human partner, Nathan Waller.

“I was pretty proud that I got to work with him when he came in,” Waller said. “I didn't know Kerrie really well. I knew her a little bit. But I kind of knew who she was and kind of the things that she stood for.”

Officer Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 20, 2015. Daughter Olivia had been born premature and was scheduled to be released from the hospital on May 21, the day Kerrie Orozco was to have begun her maternity leave.

Hector and daughter Olivia were on hand Thursday to watch Kerrie’s legacy graduate.