First- I would like to thank Sarah for featuring my Nature picture from last week! This week is a hard post for me. It is a post of Family. And while I could show you the typical family, my kids, my mom, my dad, my aunts, my uncles, or a family of Lemurs at the zoo. I want to show you a bigger family that I am beyond blessed to be a part of. This honestly is the hardest post I have ever typed up because I am still grieving the loss of that family. The family of blue. I hope that our hosts- Marvelous Mommy, Sarah, and Angie – do not mind me doing this instead of a typical photography post. And to help you understand our Family- I had to share more than one picture and explain a little.
You may not know but an officer dies every 53 hours. Between May 17th and May 24th though- that loss was almost one a day. A total of 6 officers died in the line of duty this past week. So why is this harder on me? One of those was from my hometown- Omaha PD lost Detective Kerrie Orozco on May 20th. On that day with out regard, a monster shot at police, hitting Det. Orozco, just hours before she was to start on maternity leave. See her baby was born 3 months early- and Kerrie wanted to save her leave for when her baby would come home. But that time would not come for Kerrie. As she was taken from us far to early. She was so much more than a badge. She was involved in the Boys & Girls Club, was a baseball coach, a girl scout leader, a step mom to two young kids and so much more. But what many do not realize is that her family doesn’t stop there she was a Sister to thousands:
This first picture isn’t the greatest. Unfortunately my husband was unable to make it to the funeral. So he watched it on his computer. We were able to stop by the OPD Memorial a few days prior when we were visiting family for a Graduation. There we placed the above blue roses to pay our respect. As to the funeral, there were hundreds of Law Enforcement members that attended. But to give you guys a better perspective I have been given permission by fellow photographer, and LEO, over at Simply You Photography to share some of her pictures:
See, When Det. Orozco was taken away from her family, she was also taken away from a much larger family. When you become Law Enforcement your family expands to thousands. There were over 400 cruisers full of Law Enforcement to honor Det. Orozco. And this wasn’t just local/state guys either. These were LEO’s from across the Nation. From Texas, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina, New York and many other places. It took the procession over 2 hours to travel just 7 miles. On this day- a nation laid to rest a Sister. That is the only thing that brings me comfort. To know that even though they did not know her personally- they have her six. They are watching over her and taking over from there. Her family will not be going through this alone, and those men and women in uniform will make sure her kids know what type of person their mom is. In fact- knowing our family and how protective and supportive we are of each other- is one of the reason I am at peace with my husband being a LEO.
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called sons of God.
If you would like to see more photos of our family feel free to visit Simply You Photography and WOWT News or even on the OPD Facebook page (which I highly recommend checking out- it brings tears seeing the support for Kerrie).
If you would like to show us your family feel free to link it up HERE.
Next weeks theme is Light. So get your lens on and get out there and capture it!