Gov. Pete Ricketts paused during a news conference on highway safety to remember slain Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco.
“I’d like to take a moment right now to remember one of the members of our law enforcement community who has passed away recently,” Ricketts said. “The terrible tragedy with Officer Orozco is something that reminds us that everyone who puts on the blue risks everything to keep us safe.”
Ricketts made the remarks prior to a news conference at the Nebraska Department of Roads and Nebraska State Patrol headquarters in Lincoln on highway safety during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Orozco, a seven-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, was shot and killed trying to serve a warrant on a known gang member. The gang member also died in the shootout.
Orozco was 29.
Gov. Ricketts said he was grateful for the outpouring of support from throughout Nebraska for the Orozco family.
Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Bradley Rice also offered the patrol’s support for Orozco’s family and the Omaha Police Department.
“It’s truly a tragedy and our hearts go out to them,” Rice stated. “We do offer our continued prayers and support and it makes all of us think quite a bit about how short life is and how brief it is.”
Orozco is survived by her husband, two step-children and a baby girl. Baby Olivia was born prematurely on February 7 and Orozco was due to go on maternity leave Thursday as her baby was being released from the hospital.
AUDIO: Gov. Pete Ricketts pays tribute to slain Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco. [1 min.]