Officer Kerrie Orozco remembered three years later

(WOWT)
Published: May. 20, 2018 at 7:04 AM CDT
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Fallen Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco is being remembered today, three years after she was shot to death while in pursuit of a suspect.

It happened on May 20th, 2015 near North 30th Street and Martin Avenue around 1 p.m.

Police were in the process of serving a felony arrest warrant. That led to a confrontation with Marcus Wheeler.

Officer Orozco and Wheeler were both shot and killed during the encounter.

Officer Orozco had served with OPD for nearly 7-and-a-half years and is remembered not only for her police work but for her extensive involvement in community service. She was active in coaching baseball and had been coaching since 2009 at the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club.

She volunteered with Special Olympics and was president of the Police Officer Ball to benefit Special Olympics Nebraska. Kerrie was a Girl Scout Leader, participated with Shop with a Cop and assisted with the Latino Police Officers Easter Egg Hunt.

Officer Orozco is survived by her husband Hector Orozco and two stepchildren, Natalie and Santiago. She had given birth to Olivia Ruth on February 17, 2015. Oliva Ruth was delivered early and was to go home from the hospital on May 21, 2015 - the same day Officer Orozco was to have begun her maternity leave.

Chief Todd Schmaderer said at the time that the loss of Officer Orozco would not only impact police officers but would also be a huge loss for the citizens of Omaha.

Her legacy of community service continues to impact the community. As recently as last month a ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of improvements to a baseball field in her honor.

The

is located in Miller Park, near 30th and Redick - just one of the lasting signs of Officer Orozco's service to the community.