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Honors fallen officer

September 27, 2012
THE GROSSE POINTES — Patrolmen throughout the Grosse Pointes honored a murdered West Bloomfield policeman by pulling curbside at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and activating their cruiser's lights and sirens for 15 seconds.

The time coincided with the funeral of Patrick O'Rourke, shot to death Sept. 9, responding to a domestic violence report.

Although the five-member Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods honor guard represented the communities at O'Rourke's funeral, the salute gave officers unable to attend a chance to show support.

Dan Jensen, director of Grosse Pointe Farms public safety, organized the salute among his city's mutual aid partners upon learning Wayne County Sheriff's deputies were planning the same.

"I thought that was a great idea," Jensen said. "I contacted other chiefs in the Pointes and Harper Woods. They thought it was a great idea, as well."

He's not aware if anyone called headquarters asking about the demonstration.

"I don't think anyone in these communities is going to complain about it," Jensen said.

Domestic violence investigations present law enforcement officers a minefield of dangers.

"That is the most dangerous run we get on a regular basis," Jensen said. "Emotional levels are running so high. People don't think about their actions."

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