Horses of Honor Omaha
Among the hustle of the city, hidden within Turner Park, are 8 life size horses. Each horse uniquely designed by an Omaha-area artist. Seven of the horses designed for a fallen officer of the Omaha Police Department while one horse represents all fallen officers.
Seven of the horses represent a fallen officer from the Omaha Police Department. Each horse beautifully designed with the officer in mind. The following officers are honored with a horse within Turner Park:
Officer Greg Hamill EOW: February 19, 2014. A 12-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, passed away due to complications from the H1N1 virus. Officer Hamill’s service included working in the Narcotics Unit.
Sergeant Jason “Tye” Pratt EOW: September 19, 2003. An 8-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, Sgt. Pratt was shot and killed in the line of duty. Sgt. Pratt joined OPD in 1996 as a rookie officer before transferring to SWAT.
Officer James Wilson EOW: August 20, 1995. Following a long family history of police service, Officer Wilson had only been with OPD for 16 months before being shot and killed during a traffic stop.
Officer Kirk Tynes EOW: April 26, 2010. A 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a 5 year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, Officer Tynes lost his battle to stomach cancer. Officer Tynes was named Officer of the Year in 2008.
Officer Dawn Pollreis EOW: February 18, 2012. An almost 20-year veteran with the Omaha Police Department and a former Douglas County Sheriff’s Officer, Officer Pollreis passed from brain cancer after overcoming breast cancer.
Officer Torrey Gully EOW: January 16, 2013. A 9-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, Officer Tulley worked in the Southwest precinct as a uniformed patrol officer. Officer Tulley collapsed during a morning workout and passed away shortly after.
Detective Kerrie Orozco EOW: May 20, 2015. A 7-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, Detective Orozco was shot and killed in the line of duty while attempting to serve a warrant for a shooting suspect. Detective Orozco was known for her passion of the Omaha community and her continuing volunteerism. She passed away the day before her maternity leave was set to begin.
On January 23, 2016, the Omaha Police Department lost its first K-9 in the line of duty since re-starting the program in 1996. A statue is placed within Turner Park in memory of Kobus who was shot while attempting to subdue an armed party who was barricaded inside a home. Kobus lived with his handler Officer Matthew McKinney and was on duty for 6 years.
In the Spring of 2017, each horse will be sold with proceeds going to the Omaha Police Foundation.
For more information about Horses of Honor Omaha, you can visit the following website: http://www.midtowncrossing.com/2730
For a map with a location of each horse, Kobus’s statue, the OPD badge and police memorbillia museum, the following link contains a printable PDF: http://www.midtowncrossing.com/Content/pdf/TrailofHeroesMap.pdf
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