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
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)