Below are details form last years event
The Omaha Chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association proudly hosted the 3rd Annual Hometown Hero Awards at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in LaVista, Nebraska, on October 1, 2015. In partnership with KETV Channel 7, Senior Anchor Rob McCartney and keynote speaker Shawn Eichorst, Director of Athletics at the University of Nebraska, together with SAC Thomas Metz and FBICAAA Omaha President Herb Hames, recognized and honored the 2015 Hometown Hero Award recipients for their impressive and extraordinary efforts in the community. A presentation of colors kicked off the evening with Omaha Police Department’s Bagpipes & Drums and the Boys Town JROTC Color Guard, immediately followed by the Millard West Choir singing the National Anthem. Honored guests included Lt. Governor Mike Foley, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stuart, OPD Deputy Chief Libby Davis, Sheriff Tim Dunning and retired Special Agents in Charge of the Omaha Division: Weysan Dun and James Bogner. More than 200 people were in attendance for the presentations to the following recipients:
On May 20th, 2015, Omaha Police Detective Kerrie Orozco was killed tragically in the line of duty while attempting to serve a felony warrant. The public support for Kerrie and the OPD family was overwhelming. One man that stood out among thousands of supporters was Ideal Image owner, Peter McCann. Peter reached out to the Omaha Police Department with an offer to print t-shirts in Kerrie’s memory and to raise money for the family. Partnering with Hy-Vee stores and with the support of his employees and local volunteers, more than 17,000 shirts were sold and $215,000 was raised for the Orozco family.
As the Community Service Officer for the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department, Curtis Rainge serves on numerous boards and foundations in the Sarpy County area. For many years, he has been a constant advocate and volunteer for organizations in the metro area helping those in need. On his second day on the job with the Sheriff’s Department, Curtis worked over 14 hours in 100 degree temperatures to assist in recovery efforts of a drowning victim. Curtis spends his personal time spearheading family food basket programs, gathering school supplies, and much more.
Heart Heroes, Inc.
Heart Heroes, Inc. was founded by local heart moms in 2009. The organization’s mission is to provide support and comfort to children and families impacted by Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) through the distribution of superhero capes and other forms of encouragement and inspiration. Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect worldwide and the leading cause of birth defect-related infant death. Heart Heroes’ flagship program of Heart Hero Cape Distribution empower these children to sustain their incredible bravery as they attend countless doctors’ appointments, pokes, prods and hospital stays. Heart Heroes is almost exclusively staffed by volunteers.
Check out some pictures from this years banquet