OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and Mayor Jean Stothert announced Tuesday the “Horses of Honor” project, to include eight life-sized statues of a mounted patrol unit commemorating fallen OPD officers and one canine statue in memory of fallen K-9 Kobus.
The statues will be created by area artists and unveiled in Turner Park on May 20th. Each will represent a fallen Omaha police officer. A tribute concert and festival will be held in the park the next day.
May 20th will be the one-year anniversary of the death of Officer Kerrie Orozco, shot in the line of duty when a man sought by police opened fire on officers. Kobus was shot and killed in the line of duty during a standoff last month.
Chief Schmaderer said they wanted to come up with a way to honor Officer Orozco over a long period of time rather than hold a ceremony on the anniversary of her death. Other goals include remembering officers who have died in the past 10-20 years, supporting the Omaha Police Foundation and bringing the community together.
The officers honored were picked by a steering committee.
The statues will be on display for one year, then auctioned off to benefit the Omaha Police Foundation. The money goes for the purchase of new equipment, technology, supplies and training.
“Horses of Honor” began in Chicago two years ago.