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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  • by paul Location: bellevue, ohio on Jan 23, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    donnie is my oldest brother, and a brother he was, we have shared many great memories, and have had many great times, I miss you donnie with all my heart, and will never forget you. I love my uncle daniel as well, I kno in my heart that you honestly did everything that you could. Donnie may you rest in peace, and Daniel hopefully in time you can rest easily knowing that there was nothing you could have done exccept be there for my brother and be the one of the best friends that donnie ever had. I love the both of you very much... DEACON
  • by Bobby Location: missouri on Oct 22, 2008 at 11:33 AM
    Sorry for your loss, i know the pain of losing a loved one, may you find comfort in family and friends, those are great words tony hicks. the grief stays with you and i hope you find your peace in knowing you will see him again in a far greater place. peace out god bless.
  • by trina Location: bellevue ohio on Aug 19, 2008 at 12:45 PM
    its been a year since we lost u there was so many things i wanted to tell u. i'm sorry brother i never did. i love u and miss u alot. your baby sister
  • by jaclyn Location: bellevue ohio on Jul 4, 2007 at 08:22 PM
    this was my uncle and i was unable to attend the funeral. i would love to watch some kind of news footage if possible. he was one of those people everyone loved, i never heard him say a mean word about anyone. and my prayers go out to my uncle Daniel, he loved Donnie and he would do anything for him. Uncle Donnie would surely be missed and remembered forever.
  • by Cheryl Location: Ohio on Jun 29, 2007 at 07:44 PM
    Donnie was my cousin ......one who would have given his life again to save someone elses life. The co-worker was my uncle Daniel .........one who would give his own to save another as well. I love you both and believe in my heart that there was no fowel play in this nor was there anything else that my uncle could have done to save my cousin. May you rest in peace Donnie and May you find the strength to go on with life after having to deal with all this uncle Daniel...love you both. your neice and cousin.
  • by Mary Location: USA on Jun 29, 2007 at 04:15 PM
    Just wanted to offer my condolences to Donny Burkhalter's family, friend's, Coworker's and loved ones. As they greive. This kind of loss is one that I would not wish on anyone. As it is one of the most difficult to survive. I pray that their support system is a strong one as they come to term's with their loss. Sincerely, Mary Vivenzi United Support & Memorial For Workplace Fatalities web site ~ http://www.usmwf.org Email ~ KilledOnTheJob@usmwf.org Ignorance is more intelligent than undeveloped knowledge.
  • by tony hicks Location: clyde ohio on Jun 25, 2007 at 03:07 PM
    donnie is a great cousin and has no enemies that i know of,,,would do anything he could to help people, heaven gained a soul and earth lost an angel. i love yaz don...tony

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