Wixom gas fundraiser raises more than $12,000 for officer O'Rourke family fund
A local business owner and a police officer delivered more than $12,000 to the West Bloomfield Police Department, in honor of Officer Patrick O'Rourke, a 12-year veteran who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.
Eddie Osman, owner of the Osman Marathon Gas Station on Wixom Road, joined Wixom’s Administrative Sergeant Charlie Yon, to present $12,207 to Chief Mike Patton and his staff for the, O'Rourke Family Trust, which will benefit the health, education and welfare of his family.
"There were tears coming from their eyes,” said Osman. “They were so touched by everyone’s kindness. You could see the tears in the eyes of the chief of police in West Bloomfield. It was amazing.”
The donation was the result of an intense two-day fundraiser, in which Osman contributed 5 cents of every gallon purchased at the Marathon between September 20-21.
Customers who visited the station also received free coffee, donuts and hot dogs during the event.
Fellow Wixom business owners, corporate entities and local public officials also contributed time and effort to the event.
“They (West Bloomfield police officers) were amazed by the generosity of the American people – and all the businesses in the great community of Wixom,” said Osman.
O'Rourke, 39, of Fenton, was killed on September 9 in the line of duty by a man barricaded in his home. O'Rourke left behind a family of three elementary school-age daughters and one infant son, and his widow, Amy.
The trust fund was established by West Bloomfield Township officials.
Residents can continue donate directly to the trust fund at any Bank of America branch.