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Fenton Police Accepting Donations for Patrick O'Rourke's Family

The West Bloomfield officer and Fenton resident was killed on duty earlier this month.

The Fenton Police Department is working with the Knights of Columbus to help the family of West Bloomfield Police 39, of Fenton, who died Sept. 9 in the line of duty.

Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said donations are being accepted at the Fenton police station for O'Rourke's wife and four children. The Fenton police will give any donations, in the form of checks or money orders, to the O'Rourke family.

More ways to help the O'Rourke family

  • A Marathon gas station on Wixom Road just north of the I-96 Expressway-Wixom Road exit, across from the Wixom Auto Plant, will donate five cents to the family trust from every gallon of gas sold starting at 6 a.m. Sept. 20 through Friday night, courtesy of Taylor-based Atlas Oil.
  • A new website, westbloomfieldhero.org, was established last week by a group of West Bloomfield residents in order to allow those interested to donate on-line to the family trust.
  • Donations to the family trust will also be accepted at any Bank of America branch.
  • Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids of Metro Detroit established a fund to benefit the O'Rourke family at forthekidsfoundation.org. A separate fund was established to benefit the family of Ricky Coley, who police say shot Officer O’Rourke before killing himself after a standoff with police. Coley was the father of a young child, and the family was reportedly suffering financial hardship before his death.

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