For demonstrating bravery in the barricaded gunman incident last September which resulted in the death of an officer, the West Bloomfield community and many more gave their thanks Monday night.
In front of crowd of family of friends, Chief Mike Patton explained that while those honored with department awards — six officers, three dispatch officials, five firefighters, and one civilian — likely wished that they were at Town Hall for any other purpose, that the fallen officer would have wanted to see it.
Officer Patrick O'Rourke, later promoted to Sergeant, was fatally shot Sept. 9 while responding with other officers to what police believed could have been a suicidal man. The incident sparked a barricaded gunman standoff that ended when police found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
O'Rourke was the department's first officer killed in the line of duty. He left behind family including a wife and four children, some of whom were in the audience Monday.
Those honored included:
- Al Doran, of Auburn Hills
- Fire Department Lt. Brian Dallwitz
- Firefighter/Advanced emergency medical technician Richard Reed
- Firefighter/Advanced emergency medical technician Jonathon Hansard
- Firefighter/Advanced emergency medical technician Ryan Wetter
- Firefighter/Advanced emergency medical technician Michael Wood
- Police Department Officer Ralph Rehme
- Dispatcher Joshua Kortekaas
- Dispatcher Amanda Grimm
- Dispatcher Jason Herr
- Police Department Sergeant Mark Stout
- Officer Brian Tash
- Officer Jeff Fletemier
- Officer Derek Kase
- Officer Todd Metcalf
To donate to the O'Rourke family trust, visit westbloomfieldhero.com.