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Nashville police horse patrol to honor fallen Omaha detective

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Posted at 6:31 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 21:34:14-04

The newest member of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department Horse Patrol will honor the memory of a fallen Omaha Police officer. 

On Tuesday, NMPD will dedicate its newest horse in their patrol, naming the animal Orozco, in memory of fallen Omaha Police Detective Kerrie Orozco, killed in the line of duty on May 20, 2015.

NMPD was able to add the horse to their force because of a grant from WoodmenLife, a life insurance organization headquartered in Omaha.

Omaha Police Lt. George Merithew, whose brother is the commander of the NMPD Horse Patrol, presented a plaque this morning on behalf of OPD and the City of Omaha that will be given to NMPD at Opryland in Nashville; OPD Chief Schmaderer and executives from WoodmenLife were also in attendance, according to an OPD press release.  

The plaque will be taken to Nashville for the dedication on Tuesday, the release states.