Mansfield Police Officers went out of their way to help the family of a fallen officer.
A trio of officers traveled to Omaha, Neb. on May 24, for the funeral of a fallen officer and brought along a trailer full of donated gift cards and baby supplies to help the officer’s family.
Officers Sheldon Peacock, Kaitlyn Hart and Brandon Blansit wanted to help the family of Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed in the line of duty May 20 months after having a baby girl, who she would have brought home the next day.
A man wanted on a felony shooting warrant opened fire on police and shot Orozco, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
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“That just touched my heart and I really just felt like the Lord put it on my heart to do something,” Peacock said. “I felt like something needed to be done and I really just wanted to say thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice.”
Peacock made a plea on social media asking his network to help fill a trailer with donations. While he didn’t keep count, he estimates the community was able to donate thousands of dollars and thousands more in supplies.
“I have two kids myself and I would hope that if something were to happen to me that somebody would be there to help pick up the pieces,” he said. “I wanted to be able to help Mr. Orozco in whatever way that we could.”
Mansfield Police were one of three Texas departments represented at Orozco’s funeral, according to data compiled by the Omaha World-Herald.
Police Chief Tracy Aaron said Mansfield police are fortunate they have the staff and the ability to send officers to a funeral in a different state.
“The family sees they came all the way from Texas to recognize their daughter, wife, mother died in the line of duty,” he said.
Peacock said he just wanted to help an officer’s family.
“The price that she paid for her and her family and I want everyone to remember officer Orozco,” he said. “It was one of those things where I felt honored to be able to do it.”
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770