Lanterns released on one-year anniversary of officer's shooting death

Dozens of lanterns lit up the sky over Fenton Monday night to mark the shooting death of a West Bloomfield Township police officer.

Friends and family members of Officer Patrick O'Rourke gathered at North Road Elementary School for the lantern release.

O'Rourke, of Tyrone Township, was shot and killed a year ago while responding to a disturbance in a home in West Bloomfield.

Fifty-five Chinese lanterns were released to represent his badge No. 55.

Oâ??Rourkeâ??s wife, Amy, said she hopes the lantern release reminds people to cherish their loved ones.

â??Just to love each other and tell each other you love each other, hug each other more, longer, and just treasure what you have while you have it, because you don't know when it will be taken from you,â?? she said.

Amy Oâ??Rourke will speak Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Pontiac, at the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony. Her husbandâ??s name will be unveiled on the memorial wall at 1200 N. Telegraph Road.

On Friday morning at 9 a.m. a portion of old U.S.-23 will be dedicated as the Sgt. Patrick Oâ??Rourke Memorial Highway. The dedication will take place at the corner of Center Road and old U.S.-23.