Young girl creates special gift for daughter of fallen police officer
ALEXANDRIA, VA (WWBT) - A seven-year-old New York girl, touched by the story of an Omaha police officer's death was inspired to do something for that officer's family.
According to WOWT, the young girl spent an entire year working on a project for the infant daughter of Officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed on the job, just an hour before she was to go on maternity leave.
"I saw the story and I thought Olivia might be one of the kids who would like their parents reading to them at nighttime or someone reading to them before they go to bed," said Cheyenne Sampson, who was heartbroken when she heard the story of the fallen officer on national news.
She found it hard to imagine how Olivia, who was just three months old when her mother was shot and killed in the line of duty, would grow up without her.
That moment inspired Cheyenne to tell her mother they had to do something for the family but she wasn't sure where to begin.
Settling on her love of reading, young Cheyenne began her project last September.
From an NYPD sergeant surrounded by Girl Scouts, to a school principal, to Cheyenne herself, more than 250 people, most of them children, created nearly seven hours worth of storytelling video.
"I think that Olivia's family will put it on before she goes to bed and then she might fall asleep," the young girl said.
In a private moment, "Bedtime Stories for Olivia" was passed from the Sampsons to the Orozcos. The Sampsons drove from their home in Washingtonville, New York to Alexandria to share a message of caring as fallen officers from around the nation were honored this weekend at the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
"To meet the family today, it was very emotional," Cheyenne's mother Laurisa Sampson told WOWT.
Both families exchanged gifts with Cheyenne showing the Girl Scout sash that belonged to Kerrie as a girl. That sash is now Cheyenne's.
"For a little girl to come up with the idea to rally a community," Cheyenne's mother said.
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