In the wake of West Bloomfield Police officer Patrick O'Rourke's tragic death, a memorial trust fund has been created for the decorated officer's family. And to help jump start the trust fund, owner John David said his company, which is sponsoring this year's fireworks display on Saturday, is going to be working all weekend to raise $10,000 for O'Rourke's family.
"We have two booths at Troy Family Daze, and we're going to be sponsoring the West Bloomfield Police Officer," David said. "We need help. I need people to stop by our booth, and I’m having the company donate t-shirts with his name on the front and pictures on the back.”
O'Rourke, 39, of Fenton, was killed Sunday night in the line of duty by a man barricaded in his West Bloomfield home. He leaves behind a family of three elementary school-aged daughters, one infant son, and his widow, Amy.
David, a father of two, said the decision to turn the booths into a fundraiser for O'Rourke was a no-brainer.
“I have two children. … When I saw that picture (of the family), it broke my heart. It really did. It broke my heart. I can’t believe someone would kill someone else for no reason at all.”
Festival attendees who wish to donate to the O'Rourke family can stop by the Emergency Restoration booths any time this Thursday through Sunday during to make a donation. Individuals may also donate online with a credit/debit card at www.westbloomfieldhero.com and can also stop by to the "Officer Patrick O’Rourke Family Trust".
“I don’t care if the money is dropped off to us or they go to the website," David said. "I just want them to make donations to this man and his family. ... I want to collect $10,000 this weekend. I hope I’m not out of range, but I’m going to make it happen. One way or another, I’m collecting $10,000.”
For complete coverage of Officer Patrick O'Rourke, visit West Bloomfield Patch.