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Dwyer Announces Donation to Family of Slain West Bloomfield Officer

The Farmington Hills Police Benevolent Association is sending $5,000 to the family of Officer Patrick O'Rourke, killed in the line of duty early Monday morning.

The Farmington Hills Police Benevolent Association (PBA) has authorized the donation of $5,000 to the family of West Bloomfield Police Officer Patrick O'Rourke, who was killed in the line of duty early Monday morning. 

PBA president and former Farmington Hills Police Chief Bill Dwyer, who serves as Oakland County 14th District commissioner, announced the donation at Monday night's Farmington Hills city council meeting. The PBA was formed following the deaths of two Farmington Hills police officers and has grown to include the Farmington Hills Fire Dept., Farmington Public Safety and Franklin Police departments.

Dwyer attended the council meeting to talk about county activities and to accept a proclamation recognizing his 50 years of public service. 

He called the honor "bittersweet", in light of the day's tragic events. Shortly before the council meeting started, a day-long standoff with 50-year-old Ricky Coley, who was suspected of shooting O'Rourke, ended when Coley was found dead inside a West Bloomfield home. 

Dwyer told officials he had lunch that day with former West Bloomfield Township police chief Ronald Cronin, who retired in 2012. Cronin hired O'Rourke, who formerly worked for the Farmington Hills Police Dept., Mayor Barry Brickner said. 

"It's very difficult," Dwyer said. "People forget sometimes that police and firefighters are out there on the front lines 24/7 ... and that they're human and they have families."

The proclamation honored Dwyer's 23 years of service to the Detroit Police Dept., 23 years of service to the Farmington Hills Police Dept., more than two years as Warren Police Commissioner and nearly two years with the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. 

Larry Patrick September 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM
What a terrible thing to say about anybody let alone Mr Dwyer. The former chief did an outstanding job for FH. He is being honored! Your family would not be proud of you. Then again only a coward doesn't leave his name. Larry Patrick
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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Jan C. Dolan September 12, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Bill Dwyer is and has been an honorable man in his service to not only Farmington Hills, but Detroit, Warren and now as an Oakland County Commissioner. I am proud to call him a friend. Bill has worked very hard to raise funds to provide assistance for public safety families in the Farmington Community and I'm not suprised that the Public Safety Foundation is assisting with a police officers family in West Bloomfield. Way to go Bill. Jan C. Dolan
Bill Smith September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
It was quite ironic that just last Friday the annual fundraiser was held for the Farmington Hills PoliceBenevolent Association to raise funds for such a tragedy. Who would have known the funds would be necessary so soon. Congratulations to Bill Dwyer and the Board of Directors of the FHPBA for thier swift action on behalf of this fallen officer's family. And it is this leadership that makes Mr. Dwyer an asset as our Oakland County Commissioner. Bill Smith Farmington Hills
Mike Farley September 30, 2012 at 04:26 AM
As a P.O. for 26 years with FHPD, I want to thank Chief Dwyer for giving me the piece of mind knowing that if something would have happened to me in the line of duty.he would have been right there to help my family, as he has been for others.. Thanks Chief

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