In what is sure to be an emotional afternoon, Kerrie Orozco Memorial Ballfield opens for its first game Wednesday, and the city is pulling out all the stops to honor the slain officer.

The first-pitch ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at the ballfield at Miller Park. The field is near 24th Street and Kansas Avenue. Orozco’s husband, Hector, and their daughter, Olivia, will throw out the first pitch.

Orozco was shot in May 2015 while she and other Omaha police officers were trying to apprehend a fugitive gang member. The man fired multiple times at police, and one of the bullets hit Orozco above her protective vest.

The day she was killed was her last scheduled day of work before she was to start maternity leave to care for Olivia, who had been hospitalized after being born premature.

Police and athletic groups will be in attendance, along with members of Orozco’s family. A Kerrie Orozco flag will be hung at the stadium, and there will be speakers and other events. Youth teams from the Police Athletics for Community Engagement league will compete in the first game.

Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Phone: 402-444-1102.

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