The Horses of Honor – Omaha public art tribute to fallen Omaha police officers was unveiled in Turner Park this morning. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says it is appropriate that the unveiling falls on the one year anniversary of Officer Kerrie Orozco’s death.
Mayor Stothert stated, “Exactly one year ago today we saw our police department and our city stand together when we heard the terrible news of Officer Kerrie Orozco’s death. I know she loved her family, her police family and her community. I know she was a good officer, partner, mentor, coach and a mother and I know she made a difference. It often takes tragedy to remind us that Omaha is a community of caring and compassion.
The seven horses on display commemorate Officer Kerrie Orozco who died in the line of duty on May 20, 2015, Officer Greg Hamill who died on February 18, 2014, Officer Torrey Gully who passed away on January 16, 2013, Officer Dawn Pollreis on February 18, 2012, Officer Kirk Tynes on April 26, 2010, Sergeant Jason “Tye” Pratt on September 19, 2003 and Officer James Wilson Jr. on August 20, 1995. There is an eighth horse on display serves as a tribute to all of Omaha’s fallen officers.
There is also a police dog statue on display to honor K-9 Kobus who was killed in the line of duty during a stand-off earlier this year.
Debut festivities continue on Saturday with a tribute concert in Turner park followed by a fireworks display. The horses will remain on display for one year and then will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the Omaha Police Foundation.