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“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin'”

Tough week here at home and on the other side of the world for our newest American heroes.

Two guys get up in the morning like the rest of us, off to work, fully expecting to come back home to their families at the end of the day.

But they don’t.

And they never will again.

As you well know by now, on Sunday night West Bloomfield Township police officer Patrick O’Rourke, at the end of his shift, answers the call of “shots fired.”

You and I know the rest of the story.

But, of course, that’s not the end of the story.

More on that in a moment.

Then there’s the story of another young man serving his country as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

We never even heard of J.Christopher Stevens until he was murdered by militants in the country he helped “liberate.”

Two random acts of violence perpetrated by sick individuals who didn’t even know their victims or care for a moment about the grieving families left behind to carry on in unspeakable pain.

As bagpipes ushered in O’Rourke; his wife, Amy; their daughters, Eileen, Mary and Andrea; and their infant son, Stephen, at St. John Catholic Church in Fenton, the familiar story of people coming together to help others in need was already in full bloom. Many, including The 100 Club of Detroit (an organization dedicated to helping families left behind when their loved one, whether a police officer or firefighter, is killed in the line of duty), had already offered financial assistance. Also, Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids, dedicated solely to helping children and families who have lost a parent, has established two funds. One fund, Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids O’Rourke Family Fund, benefits the family of O’Rourke.

The second fund?

The Coley Family Fund, benefitting the family of Ricky Coley, including the young innocent child of the man who police say shot O’Rourke.

As my friend Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the REST of the story.”

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760).

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120915/OPINION03/209150316#ixzz27PLcYEvK


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