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Construction Worker Falls 30 Feet To His Death


A construction worker is dead after falling off a roof in Bourbon County. The accident happened Monday morning in the town of Little Rock, just outside Paris.

Neighbors say two workers were repairing the roof of the Little Rock Masonic Lodge, when a sprinkling of rain made the tin roof very slippery. We're told 43-year-old Donny Burkhalter fell about 30 feet to the ground.

"He started slipping, so he grabbed the friends legs and his friend was trying to hold tight and he just dropped, he let go," said neighbor, Dorothy Pruitt.

Pruitt says she could tell from the way Burkhalter landed and the height of the fall that he wasn't going to make it.

"After the man hit the ground, the friend jumped down and then looked at him and then ran to the Little Rock store and called for help," she said.

Before the ambulance arrived, two other neighbors, both trained in CPR, attempted to save the man. They continued their efforts for 5 to 10 minutes until EMS workers arrived.

Burkhalter was taken to Bourbon Community Hospital then flown to UK hospital where he was pronounced dead due to his injuries.

The coroner says he died from blunt force trauma to the chest. His death has been ruled accidental.


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