Rockey Burkholder recovering after seizure
August 19, 2013
after he called her father "Blowfish,"
niece Mikkel Bekker gives a comforting
kiss to uncle Rockey Burkholder,
recovering at KMC after suffering a near
A family outing to Lake Pend Oreille over the
weekend turned frightful when Bonners Ferry icon
Rockey Burkholder suffered a seizure and
collapsed, lost his pulse and stopped breathing.
Rockey's brother-in-law, veterinarian Dr. Marty
Becker, and nephew, Lex Becker, immediately
initiated CPR and were able to restore his pulse
and breathing, and a Canadian EMT, also
vacationing in the area, jumped off his boat to
help, as Rockey's distraught mother, Valdie, 88,
looked on fearfully, saying, "God is good."
Rockey was LifeFlighted to Kootenai Medical
Center, Coeur d'Alene, the rest of the family
When Marty anxiously entered Rockey's room, not
only was Rockey looking much better, he was
"Your hair looks like one of those cartoon
seagulls on TV!" Rocky chided Marty. "And you
need to go to Weight Watchers, Blowfish!"
Rockey was admitted and doctors are performing a
series of tests in an attempt to determine the
cause of the seizure. He is in room 305 at KMC,
and the family welcomes the community's support
He can be reached at (208) 666-3040.
"We ask for your continued prayers," said
Rockey's sister, Teresa Becker, in a post on
Facebook. "We ask for your continued prayers for
Rockey and our beloved Valdie, who's really been
shaken by this. This is a magical, blessed
community, and it's too soon to lose the town
crier and mascot, the one who compliments women
and insults men, our special Rockey!"
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