September 10, 2012

Patrick O'Rourke - Law Enforcement - Michigan

Police Officer Patrick O'Rourke, age 39, died in the line of duty on September 9, 2012, in West Bloomfield, Michigan. 

Patrick was a member of the West Bloomfield Police Department. He had 12 years of service. 

Patrick and 4 other officers had responded to a domestic disturbance call and reports of shots fired inside the home, shortly after 10:00 pm. There was family trouble over a pending divorce. Several family members who had been in the home had exited it prior to the arrival of the officers and informed the officers that the man inside may have committed suicide. He hadn't.

The officers entered the home and made their way to a bedroom. Before entering the bedroom they called out the subject's name but were met with gunfire through the bedroom door and the drywall. Officer O'Rourke was struck by the gunfire and was critically wounded. He was transported to McLaren Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject remains barricaded inside of the home as of this posting.

Patrick was a 1991 graduate of Hartland High School. He started at the West Bloomfield Police Department as a cadet in 1997 and became a police officer in 2000 after attending Wayne County Regional Police Academy at Schoolcraft College. 

During his career, Officer O’Rourke was honored with a Lifesaving Award, three Certificates of Merit, and three Unit Commendations. 

Light a candle for Patrick.
Light his way to Heaven. 
Family members stated that Patrick was an exceptional man, who believed in protecting and helping others, and that he loved being a police officer. 

His wife, Amy, stated: "Patrick is my best friend. I want him to come home."

Comrades stated that Patrick was a model police officer, a dedicated husband and father, and a great friend to all who knew him. He was well-liked by all. 

Patrick is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Arlene O'Rourke; his wife, Amy; and their four children ranging in age from 10 years to only 8 months - Eileen, Mary, Andrea, Stephen.  

Pray for those who die in the line of duty. 

Pray for those who die violently. God help us.

Let us pray that Patrick O'Rourke is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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