Horses of Honor® Omaha, a tribute to Omaha’s fallen police officers, has entered a new and final phase of meaningful community impact.
The eight life-sized horses – each thoughtfully designed by an Omaha-area artist – have been purchased, along with a statue of K-9 Kobus, in most cases by original sponsors.
The total proceeds – $133,284 – will benefit the Omaha Police Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization working to ensure Omaha officers have the training and equipment they need to prevent crime, save lives and make Omaha a safer city. The Omaha Police Foundation Board of Directors and Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer are in the initial stages of determining how to utilize the funds.
“Thanks to the generosity of so many, our community will continue to feel the impact of Horses of Honor® Omaha for years and years to come. These proceeds will help ensure a stronger Omaha Police Department and safer neighborhoods – and that is a tribute worthy of these men and women who exemplified courage, service and sacrifice,” said N.P. “Sandy” Dodge, Jr., Interim President of the Omaha Police Foundation.
Horses of Honor® Omaha debuted on May 20, 2016, exactly one year after the devastating loss of Detective Kerrie Orozco. The horses and K-9 Kobus statue were stationed along the Trail of Heroes throughout Omaha’s Turner Park. In late March, they were moved to CenturyLink Center Omaha and displayed in conjunction with the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping & FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals Omaha 2017.
The statues are now at or en route to their final destinations, designated by their new owners:
The officers honored were chosen for their impact on the department, the community and those around them.
“The Omaha Police Department is incredibly honored to be part of this project,” said Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer. “We are grateful to have this level of support from our community and appreciate the efforts to remember our fallen officers and bring forth public awareness in such a creative way. We want to extend a huge thank you to Midtown Crossing for its partnership and for being great hosts to the Horses of Honor.”
Horses of Honor® Omaha mirrored the original Horses of Honor® program in Chicago, which was created and produced by AGENCY 360 and benefitted the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
“We could not be more proud to have hosted and been a part of the Horses of Honor Omaha. The impact of these tributes and the pride of the families of the fallen officers is immeasurable. And none of the thousands of experiences that followed – would have been possible without our project sponsors, the Omaha Police Department, the Omaha Police Foundation and the talented artists who used their creativity to celebrate these remarkable legacies,” said Molly Skold, Midtown Crossing’s vice president of marketing and communications.
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