We Remember the Officers
We remember the officers who changed our lives,
the men and woman who protected us day and night.
People who respect for their dedication to the cause,
for when faced with danger they never even pause.
We remember the officers who always stood true,
whatever the color of uniform, brown gray or blue.
With pride and integrity they say “To Serve and Protect,”
for the giving of their life… we offer our respect.
We remember the officers who we never really knew,
persons strong enough to answer the challenge are few.
With heavy hearts we mourn the officers in eternal rest,
there’s so much more to these people than the badge on their chest.
– Author Unknown
Every year in May the Omaha Police Honor Guard travels to Washington DC to participate in Police Memorial Week. When they arrive in Washington in May of 2016, the Honor Guard will have various assignments at the candlelight vigil including guarding the Memorial Wreath and attending the Memorial at the US Capitol. A very special duty in 2016 is to be the constant escort for Officer Kerrie Orozco’s family members. The family will never be left alone without the presence of officers.
The Omaha Police Honor Guard has also received two honors of their own. They will be participating in a special ceremony at the Pentagon and will also be presenting a wreath in Arlington Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Omaha Police Honor Guard is made up of 30 volunteer members consisting of members of all rank – male and female – within the department. The group consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Sergeant of Arms that are elected every two years to manage the Honor Guard. The group practices every other month as a joint Metro Honor Guard which includes members from Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington Counties, Bellevue, and LaVista. They practice drill ceremonies and funeral assignments including the firing party, casket guard, flag folding, presenting the colors, and uniform inspections.
The greatest tribute and respect that the Omaha Police Department Honor Guard can show retired officers and those who have died in the line of duty is to perform their duties at the officer’s funeral. The rendering of honors at funerals includes watching over the casket, acting as pallbearers, presenting the colors, flag folding, and the firing squad. The Honor Guard also travels to other locations to pay their respects in much the same way as other agencies travel to Omaha to honor our fallen officers.
But the Honor Guard doesn’t just have funeral duties. They also present at civic events such as the College World Series and other sporting events, police graduations and other events approved by the Chief of Police.
Please help us as we raise funds not only for the Honor Guard and close friends and crew members of Officer Kerrie Orozco but to spread the Support Blue message to agencies across the United States!.