(09/13/13) - One year after her husband was killed in the line of duty, Amy O'Rourke is still taking it one day, and one hug, at a time.
"A whirlwind of wonderful and horrible. I just, I laugh, I cry. I'm in awe of people," she said.
Officer Patrick O'Rourke, who was on his way to becoming sergeant, was shot at a home in West Bloomfield Township last September.
"It's only been a year, you know, get dressed in the morning, walk past his locker, and we see those kind of things and just we always reflect upon it," said Mike Patton, West Bloomfield Police Chief.
Fast-forward one year, and you can see O'Rourke's memory is still alive. His kids, and many others, were bundled up in sweatshirts bearing his badge number - which holds a double, special meaning.
"Fifty-five means 'I'm OK, in West Bloomfield,'" said Patrick's daughter, Mary O'Rourke.
O'Rourke worked in Oakland County, but called Livingston County's Tyrone Township 'home' nearly all his life.
It's also where Amy and Patrick chose to raise their three daughters and young son.
So, it's fitting that a portion of Old U.S. 23 now bears his name. From now on, when you drive along Old U.S. 23, near Fenton, you'll be on the 'Sergeant Patrick O'Rourke Memorial Highway'.
"Very close to home. We're just a couple miles away, so we'll see this every day," Amy said.
It's an honor Amy thinks her husband would probably have shied away from.
"Awards and things like that, he would just go, 'Look what I got' and then put it away. It didn't go on the wall, he was just very humble," she said.
Private funding paid for the sign, but it was the work of two state lawmakers that got the project off the ground.
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