Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer spoke at Officer Orozco’s funeral service this morning and stated we are blessed to get a glimpse of Kerrie’s life.
Schmaderer stated he is very proud the entire nation had the opportunity to meet her through the extensive media coverage given regarding her tragic death.
“The greatest aspect of knowing Kerrie is she got people to look past the fact she was a police officer,” Chief Schmaderer told mourners gathered at the funeral. “She had a way of connecting and seeing past the uniform and seeing the person.”
Chief Schmaderer asked the Boys and Girls Club baseball team that Officer Orozco coached stand during the service. He said she made a difference in their lives and broke down barriers between the police and the public. Kerrie became “Coach K” to the kids, who also happened to be a police officer.
Chief Schmaderer says for those who don’t know a police officer now know one: Officer Kerrie. He says for her legacy, the next time you see a police officer eating dinner on one behind you, look past the uniform and see Kerrie. He said there is a little bit of Kerrie in all of us and give back to the community in many ways.
Chief Schmaderer said Kerrie was a recruit in his class in the academy. He says she went from Recruit Holtz to Officer Holtz to Officer Orozco and then my friend Kerrie. He then thanked Officer Orozco for allowing the Omaha Police Department and the community to be part of her life and in turn will watch over her family, especially her newborn, Olivia Ruth.
Photo: WOWT 6 News, Omaha.