West Bloomfield Township this week lost a police officer in the line of duty—a tragic "first" for the community.
39-year-old Officer Patrick O'Rourke was responding to a "shots fired" call at a home in West Bloomfield. His partner says they thought they were coming to help a family in distress with a possible suicide. Instead, a blast of bullets through a bedroom door killed Officer O'Rourke.
He leaves behind his wife Amy and four small children. His funeral will be held tomorrow morning.
Diane Philpot knows the agony of losing a first responder in the line of duty.