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Kevin O’Rourke, Retired NYPD, Civilian Contractor, Killed in Afghanistan Insider Attack

HERNANDO –October 3, 2012

A 52-year-old contractor from Citrus County was one of two people killed last weekend in Afghanistan.

According to Bay News 9’s partner newspaper the Citrus County Chronicle, Kevin O’Rourke, who lived in the town of Hernando, was in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor with NATO, working for Engility, a law enforcement professional firm based in Alexandria, Va.

A former New York City police officer, O’Rourke missed being in the World Trade Center by 20 minutes on September 11, 2001. He spent hours that day helping a friend trapped in the rubble.

Friends say after 9/11, O’Rourke saw “a great need to go to (Iraq and) Afghanistan and to help the younger generation understand what we went through in New York.”

New York Post  October 1, 2012

A retired NYPD sergeant working as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan was killed during an apparent “insider attack” by members of the Afghan military.

Kevin O’Rourke, 52, and an unidentified US soldier were slain Saturday in the clash with Afghan troops.

O’Rourke had been on the force for 20 years and worked as member of the NYPD’s elite Emergency Service Unit.

He was also one of the department’s scuba instructors, based at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field.

O’Rourke, originally from Long Island, retired in 2003 and later moved to Florida.

The soldier was the 2,000 service member to die in the 11-year conflict.

Three Afghan troops were also killed in the shootout at a checkpoint in the eastern part of the country.,

October 1, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , ,


  1. R.I.P. FRIEND

    Comment by Ray palica | October 1, 2012 | Reply

  2. R.I.P. Kevin.

    Comment by Dawn | October 1, 2012 | Reply

  3. Any idea which contractor Mr. O’Rouke worked for?

    Comment by Patrick Blake | October 1, 2012 | Reply

  4. My condolences to Kevin’s family….gone too soon.

    Comment by Kathy Stokes | October 1, 2012 | Reply

  5. Was this Kevin married to Stacey orourke from QA within the NYPD???
    My god, too good…too soon.. he was a great man…my deepest condolences

    Comment by John | October 1, 2012 | Reply

    • Yes, he was once married to Stacey

      Comment by Matt | October 5, 2012 | Reply

  6. God please give strength to this man’s family….our deepest sympathy.

    Comment by Wanda J Harne | October 1, 2012 | Reply

  7. He worked for NATO. Yes, he was once married to Stacey. He was a very good person and wonderful father. He will be missed by many.

    Comment by Matt | October 5, 2012 | Reply

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