- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha police officer devoted hundreds of hours to collecting letters, cards and drawings to honor a colleague who was killed in the line of duty a year ago.

Officer Constance Garro created the large scrapbook and delivered it Thursday to Officer Kerrie Orozco’s mother in Walnut, Iowa, the Omaha World Herald (https://bit.ly/1s0anGw ) reported.

Orozco was killed May 20, 2015, as she and other officers tried to arrest a suspect wanted in connection with a September 2014 shooting.

The scrapbook’s cover includes hand-painted blue roses that resemble the flowers laid on Orozco’s casket. Dozens of officers contributed photos and stories about Orozco. Students from Omaha schools added photos featured in the first few pages.

“Your mother was a hero!” one person wrote to Orozco’s daughter, Olivia Ruth Orozco.

Also included were pages of medals, coins and letters from over 20 law enforcement agencies across the country. Detective Lisa Villwok made collages featuring photos of Orozco on patrol and awards she received in her short police career.

Garro didn’t personally know Orozco but said she felt connected to her because of her involvement with Special Olympics. Garro’s brother, who died two years ago, had Down syndrome.

Garro said she wanted to make sure a physical memento existed.

“It’s absolutely awesome for some of these people to reach out,” she said. “It makes me proud, definitely, to be in law enforcement.”

___

Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide