Fundraisers around area help family of slain West Bloomfield officer From The Detroit News:

Fundraising efforts are growing for the family of the first West Bloomfield Township police officer killed in the line of duty.

A Marathon gas station at 29330 Wixom in Wixom is holding a fundraiser in hopes of raising $10,000 from Thursday to Saturday.

It will donate five cents per gallon of gas to the family of Patrick O’Rourke in addition to proceeds from the sale of hot dogs, fountain drinks and coffee.

The event is one of the latest attempts to raise money for the family of O’Rourke, who police said was fatally shot Sept. 9 by Ricky Nelson Coley, 50, who held police at bay before killing himself.

O’Rourke is survived by his wife, Amy, and their four children: Eileen, Mary, Andrea and Stephen. Other events and charities raising money for O’Rourke’s family include:

The Officer O’Rourke Family Trust at Donations are also taken at any Bank of America branch.

Bloomfield Hills lawyer Norman Yatooma’s charity, Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids, is accepting donations at

At 6 p.m. Sept. 27, the West Bloomfield Police Foundation will have hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and an auction at Planterra Conservatory, 7315 Drake. Call Sgt. Tara Kane at (248) 975-8922.

On Oct. 3, Detroit Prime in Farmington Hills will donate all proceeds.

On Oct. 11, the Livingston County Deputy Association will hold a comedy show at Captain Joe’s Grill in Whitmore Lake. The time hasn’t been determined.

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