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Name : ORourke, Bernard 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 2802 Command: 146 Pct.
Date of Death: 1913-08-01   Cause of Death: Horse Dragged
 Patrolman O'Rourke died of injured he received when he attempted to stop a runaway horse on 3rd Avenue near 4th Street in Brooklyn. At approximately 0915 hours Patrolman O'Rourke observed the runaway horse running on the sidewalk toward a group of playing children. Patrolman O'Rourke jumped on the house and was able to change it's direction, but he lost his grip and he was dragged about fifty feet before being thrown to the street. Patrolman O'Rourke was removed to Methodist Hospital where he died at 1300 hours from his injuries, which included a fractured skull and internal injuries.

Patrolman O'Rourke had been with the NYPD for three years and was assigned to the 146th Precinct, the present day 78th Precinct. He was 31 years old.
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Comments from Friends    
Bernard O'Rourke was my grandfather; his son, Bernard, my father was married to Anne Hennessy O'Rourke and there were four children from their marriage: Brian, Denis, Virginia and Anne Marie. There are ten grandchildren. We did not know him well, but do love hearing of his heroism. I, Virginia, have visited his homeland in County Leitrim, Ireland, and have connected with cousins there and in England. His heritage is greatly endeared.
— Virginia O'Rourke Mc Laughlin

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 20, 2006, 10:58 am

According to a news clipping dated may 4, 1914, ..."patrolman of the Bergen Street station, Brooklyn, died Aug. 1, 1913, from injuries received in stopping a runaway team."
— Pat
Posted: November 22, 2007, 5:56 pm

Ptl. ORourke, you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Bernard.
— Tommy
Posted: August 1, 2013, 7:53 am

Bernard we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: August 5, 2014, 7:07 am

Bernard we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: August 11, 2015, 8:02 am

Bernard Orourke or Barney as he was known was my Great Grandad (James) brother, he is remembered for his bravery back in 1913. My great Nana said that his uniform was posted to his family after he had died. Although the people from my family who knew him are now gone he is remembered with great pride. God Bless you Bernard. rafrny99@gmail.com
— Robert Franey
Posted: July 17, 2016, 7:14 am



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