Kevin O’Rourke, a 52-year-old father of two, was killed on 29th September 2012 at Sayyid Abad, Afghanistan. He was a civilian contractor serving with the US Army's 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team as its law enforcement advisor. He died when his unit came under fire from enemy forces.
Mr. O'Rourke retired from the New York Police Department in 2003. After he retired, he helped in relief operations in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. After that, he answered the military’s call for law enforcement personnel to help train Iraqi policemen.
In the same incident, US Army Sergeant 1st Class Daniel T. Metcalfe, was killed.