Kevin O’Rourke (Paramedic)


This is the information page for Kevin O’Rourke (Paramedic Sanford Fire Department), a witness in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. You will find links to the available documents and media below. You can also locate other corresponding testimony and information on the site.

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Kevin Patrick O’Rourke

Witness Summary:

He has been a firefighter/EMT for 10 years. They responded to the incident while heading back to the station from another call. They arrived on the scene about 5 mins after the call, and there were police present. They were directed to the back of the building and where they were told was gunshot victim. They placed their 4-lead monitor on Martin and found he was asystole in all four leads. The medic on scene, Mike Brandy called it. They gathered their equipment, and the police told them there was another patient.

Zimmerman had what looked to be a fractured nose. Bleeding was under control, and he had lacerations on the back of his head. They cleaned him up and headed on their way. They cleaned blood off his hands and face. They left him in the care of the Sanford Police Department. O’Rourke was Rescue 38, he and his partner, Mike Brandy. The medic on the scene is in charge of the scene. He got on the scene and he grabbed the airway bag. He placed him on the monitor, if he remembers–he put the stickers on him. Once it was done, he disconnected him. He says the monitor indicated no heartbeat whatsoever. “He is DOA and unworkable.” Mike Brandy is responsible for making that call.

Martin was DOA, and was never conscious. He had a gunshot wound to the chest. His shirt was already rolled up. They had been busy that night. At the time they didn’t have ID on Trayvon. Zimmerman declined transport to the hospital. O’Rourke doesn’t recall Zimmerman making any statements. Stacey Livingston, Tyler Rochefort, the entire Station 38 crew was working on Zimmerman. There was a lot going on. He poured hydrogen peroxide on gauze to assist Stacey Livingston (driving Engine 38). He gathered up his equipment, waited to be cleared of the scene, backed his truck out, then left.

Zimmerman was wearing a shirt and jeans. He doesn’t remember–standard jeans and a polo shirt. He doesn’t know what Trayvon was wearing. He says 45% of Zimmerman’s face and head were covered in blood. He had dried blood on his cheeks and back of head. His clothing may have been bloody. There was some blood on his shirt–if he remembers correctly.


The following interviews are the full, uncut audio files released as part of the discovery court proceedings in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. Names and some other identifying information have been redacted to protect the identities of the witnesses.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement – March 24, 2012 (~ min)


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  • Paul

    Trayvon was face down on the grass. The police turned him onto his back to perform CPR. If someone is on top of you when you shoot them wouldn’t you roll the body off of you it’s back? How would Trayvon have ended up face down?

    Anybody who’s had even a slight head wound knows how profusely a small cut could bleed. A large amount of blood on the face would not necessarily indicate anything more than superficial cut or scrape.

  • Sally Y. Ross

    According to page 1 of the EMT Report, it was Lead Crew Member/EMT-Paramedic Michael Brandy who performed the initial assessments on George Zimmerman. As shown on the report, Zimmerman told Brandy that he suffered from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), that he was allergic to PCN (penicillin), and that he was taking Librax and Temazepam (both Controlled Substance. Notice that he DID NOT mention that he was being treated for ADHD or that he was taking Adderall, a Schedule II Controlled Substance). The narrative portion of the report Brandy states that “Pt has abrasions to his forehead, +bleeding/tenderness to his nose, and a small laceration to the back of his head. All injuries have minor bleeding.” On page 2 of the report Kevin O’Rouke is listed as Crew Member #2, EMT-Basic. Notcie that it is the Lead Crew Member, Michael Brandy, who signs off on the report. According to O’Rouke it was Michael Brandy who was the medic in charge of the crime scene, and Brandy who declared Trayvon Martin dead. It is somewhat unclear whether O’Rouke performed any of the actions taken other than putting some peroxide on a piece of gauze. He then says that he gathers up his equipment, and as soon as he is cleared he jumps in his truck and leaves the scene. I am assuming that Michael Brandy was still there. I have a serious problem with these other statements he makes, especially the parts about 45% of Zimmerman’s face and head being “covered in blood”, and that Zimmerman’s clothing “may have been bloody” and that there was “blood on his shirt.” From what I have seen and read very little, if anything he says matches the written or photographic evidence. From the way he grossly overstates the extent of Zimmerman’s injuries and the condition of his clothing it is obvous this POS is lying for Zimmerman. This is why O’Mara and Zimmerman chose to have him rather than the EMT who was in charge of the crime scene testify at the bond hearing. Hopefully the prosecuton will counter by calling Mchiael Brandy as a witness. 

    • Shareese Dixon

       That is some quick drying blood to cover 45% of his head yet be dried by the time he got there to clean the wounds.  That black and white photo copied picture of George is still causing me concern because it appear to have come form witness #13 cell phone.  Witness #13 was the 1st on the scene with the flashlight who had also taken the photo of Trayvon whose photo was also photo copied.  If this guy was the 1st on the scene and had taken this photo how then could George’s head be 45% covered in blood?  Shame on O’Rourke if this is the case.

  • Sharonda Rosette

    Why does this man sound SNIDY to me?

    • Wise

      what is meant by 45% of his face and head being covered with blood?  I saw the picture of the bloody back of the head, is that his estimate of 45% of the head?  and the face should be about the nose and under covered with blood?  seems like it would have shown more clearly on the police station video?  has anyone else noticed blood on that shirt?

      • Shareese Dixon

        Witness #13 the 1st on the scene with the flashlight that said it appeared that George “Got his butt beat” had taken 3 pictures before law enforcement arrived.  I believe one was of Zimmerman which I strongly believe to be the black and white photo copied picture of George with the little bloody nose and small cut on his nose.  Photo #37 of 55 appear to be one of the 1st photos of George as some one shined a light on him just like the picture of Trayvon’s lifeless body.

  • Guest

    ..dried blood?  so quick?