It was just over a month ago Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco died in the line of duty. Officer Orozco was a member of the Metro Fugitive Task Force and was shot and killed by a suspect. Officer Kevin Wiese was Officer Orozco’s partner for about two years and says she was one in a million.
Officer Wiese says, “She was strong. She always had a level head. I always enjoyed working with her because she could talk to people. She had the ability to connect with anybody so when we did get into situations that were hairy, she could calm people down rather than get things amped up which is really nice as a partner because it kept things safe for us and for the people we were dealing with. She had a heart of gold. I miss Kerrie a lot and I probably always will.”
Officer Wiese says he just saw Officer Orozco’s newborn baby girl, Olivia Ruth a few days ago and is doing very well. Olivia was born in February, several months premature and was due to come home the day after Officer Orozco was killed. Officer Wiese says the rest of her family is doing the best they can. He says, “Obviously it hasn’t been easy. Hector (Kerrie’s husband) is a Christian man and has been working through things. He is a solid guy and his faith has been solid but it is not easy working through something like this. We want to make everything else as easy as possible.”
On Sunday, the Omaha Police Officers’ Association will hold a fundraiser for her family at the Ralston Arena. All proceeds will benefit Officer Orozco’s family. The fundraiser runs from 11 am until 7 pm and includes bands, including the lead singer of Blue October, Justin Furstenfield. There will also be kid’s activities, a live and silent auction and raffles. Officer Wiese says they will also have a community fair with booths from organizations that Officer Orozco supported. He says this is also a chance to meet with and talk to police officers. There is no charge to attend.