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(April 11, 2018)

Play Ball!

A worn, but well-loved baseball field at Miller Park will be rebuilt this summer, in memory of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco. 

Officer Orozco coached youth baseball for PACE, Police Athletics for Community Engagement.

“I never thought that losing Kerrie would get us here today,” said Omaha Police Sergeant Ken Fox and co-founder of the Black Police Officers Association. “She was a special person, there’s not many other people in the world that can bring us together like this.”

“I know Kerrie made a difference,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “This baseball field will make a difference too; for all the young players who will step up to bat, for the coaches who will teach them, and the fans who will cheer.   Can’t you picture Kerrie on the sideline, encouraging her players and teaching the important lessons of sportsmanship?”

The renovation includes a turf field, scoreboard, bleachers, field fencing, concessions lights, dugouts and batting cages. Private donations will pay for the new complex.

“We are humbled to partner in this amazing project,” said Parks Director Brook Bench. We are excited for the future of this community, for Miller Park, for Omaha, and for the countless lives this field will impact.”

Officer Orozco was killed May 20, 2015.  Police Chief Todd Schmaderer called it one of the darkest hours in the city.  “But it rose our city up, our community relationships skyrocketed, Kerrie would be proud,” he said.

“This field will be a lasting tribute to Kerrie’s legacy of kindness and giving,” said Mayor Stothert.

I am proud of her service to our city and proud of the example our city has set; a community that supports and respects our police department.”

The ballfield was renamed in Officer Orozco’s memory after her death.  The renovations are scheduled to be completed later this year.

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