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$118,000 distributed among 8 causes in honor of Orozco

$118,000 distributed among 8 causes in honor of Orozco

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The First Responders Foundation has distributed $118,000 to organizations associated with Kerrie’s Causes, a program created in memory of fallen Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco.

Orozco, 29, known for her community involvement, was killed while working on a fugitive task force on May 20. Marcus Wheeler, wanted on a felony shooting warrant, opened fire on police trying to apprehend him near 30th Street and Martin Avenue. He fired nine rounds from the handgun and struck Orozco once. Wheeler was killed when Sgt. Jeff Kopietz returned fire.

Kerrie’s Causes was created by the First Responders Foundation to carry out Orozco’s legacy of humanitarianism.

Police Lt. Darci Tierney, a board member of the foundation, said the money has been distributed to these organizations/causes:

» UNO Criminal Justice Scholarship, $30,000

» Iowa Concerns of Police Survivors, $20,000

» Special Olympics, $20,000

» PACE (Police Athletics for Community Engagement), $15,000

» Boys & Girls Club (Coach K), $12,000

» Boys & Girls Club (Scholarship), $11,000

» Big Dogs Huge Paws, $5,000

» Black Police Officers Association, $5,000

The funds were raised from T-shirt sales and individual donations.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1310,

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