Detective Kerrie Orozco had a passion for the Omaha community that extended beyond her police duties. She served as a Spanish interpreter for other officers, volunteered with the Special Olympics and coached baseball for the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club.
Detective Orozco was shot and killed on May 20, 2015 – the day before she was set to begin a delayed maternity leave – as she and other members of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve a warrant on a shooting suspect.
Detective Orozco served with the Omaha Police Department for seven years. She is survived by her husband, daughter and two stepchildren.
PERMANENT LOCATION: CHI BERGAN MERCY
CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwest Iowa. CHI Health has about 12,000 employees, is licensed for 2,597 beds, and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In Fiscal Year 2015, the organization provided a combined $172.1 million in quantified community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. CHI Health, which is the largest health system in Nebraska, serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas.
Fredy Rincon’s story is one of transformation – not simply the converting of mixed media into works of art but a journey of personal transformation.
Born in California to a hard working family, Rincon has always had a strong connection to his Mexican heritage. Growing up, he ran the streets, but eventually left all that behind him. Driven by a desire to elevate himself, Rincon finished high school and enrolled at Bellevue University, where he majored in graphic design and was encouraged, by his professor, to embrace his talent.
Described as a “young artist bursting with energy and ideas” who is “not afraid to experiment with materials,” Rincon was named Best Emerging Artist (2014) and Best 3D artist (2016) at the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards. His powerful, message-driven artwork – narrative, expressionistic and, at times, graffiti-styled – has been shown in numerous local venues, including RNG Gallery in Council Bluffs. In addition to being an award-winning artist, Rincon is a husband and father of three.