An annual golf outing is set later this summer in memory of a fallen police officer from Livingston County with funds raised going toward tuition for those aspiring to enter the law enforcement field.
The Patrick O’Rourke Memorial Scholarship Fund will hold its 8th annual golf outing on Friday, September 9th at the Hartland Glen Golf Course. For $75 per person or $300 for a team of four, golfers will get eighteen holes with cart, a gift bag, along with a continental breakfast, light lunch at the turn and a N.Y. strip steak dinner at the end.
His parents, Dan & Arlene O’Rourke, say they wanted to help young people pursuing careers in law enforcement and criminal justice while honoring Patrick’s memory. Thus, the fund helps to provide scholarships to graduating recruits from the Schoolcraft College Police Academy.
This year’s event will have special significance for the O’Rourke family as it will be held on the 10th anniversary of his death. Sergeant O’Rourke was a West Bloomfield police officer living in Tyrone Township. On September 9th of 2012, after his shift was over, O’Rourke responded to a call about someone potentially seeking to harm themselves. He was then shot and killed by the very person he was trying to help.
Arlene O’Rourke said that normally the anniversary is very somber, and a day they spend in church and at the cemetery. However, for the tenth anniversary she wants this to be a true celebration of his life and everything he stood for. For that reason they are planning several fun activities throughout the day.
This year the fund was able to assist seven recipients. Normally that number is six, but they were able to expand it this year due to the generosity of the “Crosshairs Foundation” and their founders, Joe and Marisa Miller. To date, more $75,000 has been paid out to 33 graduates. The remainder has gone into the scholarship’s endowment fund.
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