Two of Nebraska’s finest are in Washington D.C. for tonight’s State of the Union Address. Omaha Police Sergeant Jeff Kopietz is the guest of Congressman Don Bacon. For Kopietz the event is bittersweet. He was Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco’s partner and was with her the day she was shot and killed. Kopietz received the Medal of Valor for fatally wounding the suspect that killed Orozco.
Kopietz says, “I really wish I was never invited to this State of the Union because that would mean Kerrie would still be with us. She was a hero. She came to my aid when I needed her and unfortunately she didn’t get to go home that day. It is a great honor to be here but I would trade anything to not even be in consideration to be here at this time.”
Kopietz has been in Washington D.C. for the past few days touring the Capital and several other landmarks. He will attend a banquet tonight prior to the State of the Union Address.
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse selected Nebraska State Patrol Trooper John Lewis to attend tonight’s event. Lewis coordinated efforts after Hurricane Irma impacted Florida. He connected more than a dozen families in need with those in Nebraska who assisted them with aid and relief over the holiday season.