The Omaha Police Department remains in shock after the shooting death of Officer Kerrie Orozco Wednesday in the line of duty.
John Wells, president of the Omaha Police Officer’s Association, says it has hit officers hard.
“You are trained to expect this could happen, but it doesn’t really prepare you for when it happens to one of your own or really close to home,” Wells says. “The initial feelings are usually shock and typically followed by grief and a roller coaster of emotions.”
Officer Orozco’s baby, Olivia, was born last February. She arrived early and remained hospitalized at Nebraska Medicine. She was scheduled to come home for the first time on Thursday. Officer Orozco planned to start her maternity leave the day after she was killed.
Wells says the outpouring from the community toward the entire department is overwhelming. He offered his thanks to everyone who has reached out.
Those wanting to donate to a fund set up for Olivia can do so through the Omaha Police Credit Union or online to the omahapolicefoundation.org.
Sarpy County is collecting items for Olivia, such as diapers and other baby items at several locations. The Omaha Police Department will also hold a benefit at a later date.
Funeral services for Officer Orozco are as follows –
Visitation is Monday at St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University. Omaha police officers and close friends are invited from 2 pm until 4 pm. Friends and the public from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 am at St. John’s Church. Additional seating will be available at the CenturyLink Center with a large screen video feed.
Burial is at St. Joseph Cemetery in Council Bluffs, Iowa.