MI-C.O.P.S. offering support to O'Rourke's family, department - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

MI-C.O.P.S. offering support to O'Rourke's family, department

Posted: Updated:
BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -

Efforts are already underway to help the family of Officer Patrick O'Rourke.  The volunteer group MI-C.O.P.S. will offer support for the family and the police department.

"I just know it's going to be a really rough road.  It's always a rough road," said Diane Philpot.

She knows because she's been there and will never forget.  Back in 1995, her husband, Jerry, a Detroit police officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty in a gang related incident.  He was just 28 and they had a six-month-old baby at the time.

"Personally for me, that was the biggest thing that somebody could've told me was that they went through it and, gosh, they're still alive.  They made it, so it gave me a little bit of hope."

For the last 15 years, Philpot has helped give other grieving families hope as a volunteer and a board member with MI-C.O.P.S.  The organization offers comfort and support for families and police departments.  They've already been in touch with West Bloomfield Township Police and the family of Officer O'Rourke.

The statistics are alarming and hard to comprehend, but Philpot said every 52 hours a police officer is killed in this country.  That's about 160 officers a year.

"Stuff like this happens all the time.  It's just going to keep happening as long as there's bad guys because we send our loved ones in to help."

Officer O'Rourke leaves behind a wife and four young children and a devastated department and community.  He's the first officer to die in the line of duty in West Bloomfield Township and the first in the state this year.

So how can the public help?

"What you can do is just be kind to the department, be kind to the family and put up lots of prayers because you can't fix it.  You can just try and make their life a little easier, but we can't fix it, and that's the sad part of it.  So, just be supportive because that's what they need."

For more information about MI-C.O.P.S., visit www.micops.org.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • 33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:10:22 GMT
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
  • Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:18:32 GMT
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices