Memorial Highway Planned To Honor Officer O’Rourke

TYRONE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A portion of Old U.S. 23 is being designated a memorial highway in honor of a police officer who was fatally shot last year while responding to a 911 call in suburban Detroit.

A dedication is planned Friday in Livingston County’s Tyrone Township.

Signs honoring Patrick O’Rourke will be placed along the roadway. He lived in Tyrone Township and was an officer in Oakland County’s West Bloomfield Township.

The 39-year-old was in a group of officers responding to a call the night of Sept. 9, 2012, about a man believed to be suicidal. Authorities said the man fired from inside a bedroom, killing O’Rourke. The gunman was found dead after a 20-hour standoff.

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