Bronner Burgess, Son Of Host Rick Burgess Drowned

On January 19, 2008, Bronner (Cornbread) Burgess, the two-year-old son of Rick Burgess drowned, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Bronner Burgess loss is a tragedy that no one should suffer.

Shelby County deputies and North Shelby Fire and Emergency Medical personnel responded to a house in Indian Springs Village around 7:30 p.m. and discovered William Bronner Burgess had fallen into a pool.

Exhaustive medical efforts were unsuccessful to save Bronner Burgess' life and the child was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, according to the sheriff's department.

Bronner Burgess was the son of the radio personality Rick Burgess, co-host of The Rick and Bubba Show (www.rickandbubba.com). Sadly, the Burgess junior had died , announced a message on the show's website. The cause of 2-year-old Bronner Burgess' death was not elaborated in the announcement:

We ask that you bathe Rick, Sherri, and the entire Burgess family in prayer as they deal with the loss of their youngest son, Bronner Burgess.
We all are grieving together in this terrible loss.

The Burgess's want to give all Honor and Glory to GOD for the many blessings He has given us, especially the life of Bronner Burgess. And while we do not understand, we know who is in charge and His will be done in life and in death.

At the current time, the arrangements and specifics are unknown. As more information becomes available, we will pass them along. To send your condolences to the family, please send those to prayers@rickandbubba.com.

May God bless Bronner Burgess and give patience to his parents and family members. This is very sad and our hearts are broken to hear and report this news.

About 300 children under the age of 5 drown each year in U.S. swimming pools. At the time of such incidents, most victims were being supervised by one or both parents. Nearly 70 percent of the children were not expected to be near the pool when they were found in the water, read the report from Mayo Clinic.

Comments

Submitted by Grandon (not verified) on
Our hearts are broken to hear the sad news about Bronner Burgess. No child or parent should experience this. Please accept our condoleances.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It would set a good example to the rest of the world if the parents responsible for his death spend time in jail ! http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/07/13/news/californian/21_31_217_12_06.txt

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Shame on you! Shame on you for saying such a thing! You obviously do not have small children, especially boys! There is no parent responsible for this. I have two small boys myself, and I would love to stick them in a "safe bubble". But, that is not possible. I have safety knobs on all of the doors, but my boys can still open some of them. You can't keep CONSTANT watch on your kids without chaining them to you, and...to each other! And somehow, I bet you would think of that as child abuse! The bottom line is...Our kids are a gift from God from the moment of their first breath. And every moment after that is a gift. All we can do is love them, try to protect them, and be thankful for every precious moment. My heart goes out to the Burgess family. No parent should ever have to go through the loss of a child. The family has been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

I can't believe someone would think this was a parents fault. It is true that what you said about chaining your kids to you being child abuse. My husband and I bought one of those monkey leashes from Walmart and when we take out 2 boys out I have to put the monkey on my 2 1/2 year old son. I receive MANY negative comments about people thinking this is cruel. You can't win in this world. All we can do is love them the time they are given to us on earth. My heart goes out to the Burgess family.

Submitted by b (not verified) on
forgive you and your hateful judging

Submitted by Dana (not verified) on
Before you make comments to add insult to the worst kind of injury there is to a parent, why don't you focus on your own life & keep out of others. You have no idea of the circumstances surrounding this poor childs' death. None of us do. And further more, if you're a parent, I can PROMISE you aren't perfect and a lot of our every day common decisions could always result in harm. It grieves me that you would be this insensitive to this family. Don't you know that anything you could think to blame on them, they've already thought? They are probably blaming themselves for more than we can imagine. Sometimes, there are truly just ACCIDENTS. Not everything can be blamed on someone. All too quickly in today's world do we yearn to place blame. Well, you know what? Maybe there's NO ONE at fault. Maybe it was an accident. Maybe it was all in God's plan. Maybe God knows better than we ever could. I am completely appalled that you would send this kind of message. God help us all.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I hope Hell has a special place for creeps like you, you sob!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It would set a good example to the rest of the world if you learned the word COMPASSION....and another one.....ACCIDENT!

Submitted by jane (not verified) on
IT STILL AMAZES ME HOW SOME PEOPLE CAN BE SO CRUEL AND HATEFUL WITH WORDS...I JUST HOPE SOMETHING SO TRAGIC DOESN'T HAPPEN TO THIS HARD HEARTED PERSON...LIFE CAN SEEM SO CRUEL AND UNFAIR, BUT PEOPLE CAN BE WORSE.. MAY GOD BLESS AND FORGIVE YOU....

Submitted by Angie Dailey (not verified) on
Having three children of my own I know it is NOT possible to keep your eyes on all three at All times. Only someone without children, or even common sense, would hide under anonimity and post something so totally inappropriate. There is a special place for you in hell if you don't realize the error of your ways. Angie

Submitted by TC (not verified) on
Wow!! You must really be proud to belong to "Morons of America Club." It is a real moron that would say such a thing. A total IDIOT!!!! How do you know if the parents were even at home at the time of the accident. Someone else could have been incharge of the children. Accidents happen to the best of people. Even to people who are as careful as can be. God help you if your ever faced with this situation. May people show you the same compassion as you have shown this family. Lord, Forgive the idiot for they know not what they say!!

Submitted by b (not verified) on
doesnt appreciate you calling this person an idiot and a moron

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You are a very bad person. Maybe you should spend time in jail for saying that. You apparently have never had children and you don't know how they can be. Those parents are suffering and probably already blame theirselves for this. Maybe you will suffer a loss and then you can understand, mean time please don't post such comments for all the world to see because it make you look like a real a*%$%^&%*^*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by b (not verified) on
your such a great human being as you sit and judge the character of someone whom you have never met....very Christian

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm guessing you are the one who wrote the first topic so that you could come back and accuse spiritually immature christians. I guess you are mad since your daddy (who is ultimately responsible for all stirring and deception and death) messed up and took a kid that has brought even more people into the kingdom of God. Way to go do-do....God has overcome no matter how much you protest and accuse and taunt!

Submitted by b (not verified) on
im not the one who wrote the first post....and your just a perfect example of what im talking about

Submitted by D (not verified) on
Obviously, you have never walked in the shoes the Burgess family is walking in now. If this were your child, would you want someone to make a comment such as this about you as parents? You, nor others, are in Control. Even though we sometimes don't understand, you need to think about the statement the Burgess Family placed on RickandBubba website: They gave praise and glory to God for the time God allowed them to spend with Bronner. That shows the faith they have in God and that God will give them, in time, the peace that passes all understanding. My prayer is that you will reconsider your statement and retract. May God wrap you in His arms of love and help you to see how wrong you are.

Submitted by Chuck (not verified) on
It really does not suprise me that someone would want so much attention that they have to be so heartless to get it. A coward is someone who turns tail. That is exactly the case with you. Anonymous means you want to stir people up by saying such evil. This is the first time I have ever visited this site and I would hope that the comments would be preread. I have no kids and never been married. I have partied my whole life,and never been one that worried to much about anything else but myself. The reason I say that is because I am not somene who just sits around and looks at this site. I dont want to stir anything up and get the attention away from celebrating the life of such a beautiful young boy. I am someone who knows that accidents happen. You should be very proud of yourself for that comment. It reflects on your parents and if you were not so affraid you would let everyone know who you are. I hope that this never happens to you and maybe this accident will one day affect you in the same way it has me. I only think of Gods work and how I need a change when i hear of how the family is handling this with their beliefs. That sends a strong messege to me and I hope that this will be a wake up for me and my faith. Faith and stenght is what everyone should take out of this. Not anything else. I just hope the family never has to see the words of this coward.

Submitted by Sarah (not verified) on
As a mother whose 2-year-old son drowned 39 years ago, I can tell you: Bronner's mother, in her heart, has been sentenced to a lifetime of feeling guilty. Words such as those spoken by Anonymous only serve to cut the heart right out. May God forgive you.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You should be disgusted with yourself. Shame on you. You obviously do not have children. But if you do, you should be a little more sympathetic you may be in their shoes one day.

Submitted by Kristy Riddle (not verified) on
Everyone please realize that this whole event is attack from Satan, Satan has an army as does our Lord and Savior! Anonymous, please search deep in your heart for peace from God to keep you from saying such terrible, terrible things! That poor mother is going to have a hard enough time forgiving herself. Fortunately she is a believer and there is no doubt in my mind that the Burgess' will fight this fight and win! Glory to God for the life of Bronner Burgess. I have certainly took a step back this week and examined my own life and by doing that I have found out that if this had happened to me and my children, I don't know that I am close enough to God to overcome. I have talked to God more this week than I have in the 31 years I have been alive. Everyone please pull together and pray for "Anonymous" that he will search and find God Almighty!! Anonymous, I love you and I will pray for you!!!!

Submitted by Jeremy (not verified) on
The ability to say anything doesn't give you the right to say anything. Some people miss that. Unfortunatly, fools still feel the need to speak.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think all of you are focusing on that very hateful person to much. When really we should be thinking of Rick and his family. The person who said those hateful words will be dealt with by GOD. If everyone is writing about him then thats what he wants. All the focus on him. Write about your love and support and prayers for this family. Because trust me this guy or girl is laughing about it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Are you a parent? This could happen to anyone. Do you honestly believe Mrs Burgess got in the shower with the intention of something happening to any of her children? This is a tragedy and NO one, including you, should be pointing fingers.

Submitted by b (not verified) on
all of you with the words of hate towards this person and his opinion....such hope there is a place in hell for sob's like you.....coward...etc etc this person has an opinion just as everyone of you do whether you think its wrong or right doesnt give any of you the right to say the things yall have said....do i agree with this person...not at all i feel awful for the burgess family but you all have no right to say things like yall are doing during this time of tragedy

Submitted by Dee Whitfiedl (not verified) on
No one purposely drowned this child. It was a tragic accident, and the family is wrought with grief as it is. For someone to assume that the parents are at fault is ridiculous and before you make comments as painful and accusatory as the one you did you need to take a moment to consider that the world is not black and white. There is not always a person responsible behind a death. Sometimes it IS just an accident

Submitted by drichey (not verified) on
Shame on you for saying such a hurtful and cruel thing. You obviously are ashamed of your own comments or you would not have hidden yourself. It is obvious that you do not have children and you do not have Christ in your life. I pray that the Burgess Family never sees this comment but most importantly I pray that you will find God and ask Him to fogive you of your sins. The Burgess Family is living every parents worst nightmare. I have three precious children and I pray to God that I never know the pain that Rick and Sherri are experiencing right now. Please get on your knees and give your life to God. You will no longer have the desires to hurt your fellow brother as you so desire now. I will be praying for you....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You could not possibly be a parent. I'm not even sure you are human and you're certainly not a Christian. I cannot tell you the countless times that I have left my children downstairs watching TV to take a shower myself. She, I am sure, took every precaution to insure the safety of all her children. This family is going through enough grief without comments like this. I hope you never have to go through a tragedy like this. If you do, you will understand just how stupid your comments sounded.

Submitted by Scott W (not verified) on
anonymous posting says it all. person did not have the guts to list name. GOD BLESS the Burgess family!

Submitted by Bamamach1 (not verified) on
I never find you Anonymous

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
DON'T LET THE IGNORANT COMMENTS ABOUT THIS TRAGEDY TAKE THE FOCUS OFF THE COMFORTING OF THE FAMILY.... GOD BLESS YOU RICK AND YOUR FAMILY...MAY GOD COMFORT YOU AS NO ONE ELSE CAN..MAY YOUR HEARTS BE PROTECTED...HOLY SPIRIT, ROCK THIS FAMILY IN YOUR LOVING ARMS.....AMEN

Submitted by Sam (not verified) on
You are 100% correct with your posting. The "anonymous" person who posted the hateful and heartless words is ignorant. Any comment such as that lacks intelligence. As a mother of a 2 year old daughter, I agree with those of you who have pointed out how hard it is to keep your eye on your child every second of every day...it is impossible. Let's try to consider the source of the these terrible comments. And to the person who says you have no right to say the mean things that you have to this "anonymous" person, you are crazy...this is America, if "anonymous" can say such hate filled words then everyone has the right to say what they want. We are all entitled to our opinion. This is a tragic accident that no one should ever have to endure. My heart goes out to the Burgess family. It is always easy to judge from the outside looking in.

Submitted by Drew W (not verified) on
are you kidding me? how would you feel if heaven forbid your son drown in your swimming pool and somebody tried to get you arrested? you wouldnt like it! keep out of their life! all you can do is pray for the family cause thats what they need most! how dare you try to be the judge of them! none of us is the judge! there is only one judge and that is my creator and my Lord! do NOT try to take His place! im praying for the burgess family unlike you! be a christian and help others in time of need instead of criticizing them!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My God forgive you for the hurt that YOU have put on this Mother. As the mother of 4 children I can promise you that you can not always keep and eye on you children. But, God can and for some reason he thought that it was time for this Angel to come home. Maybe, YOU should listen to the comments his Father has to say about his death. If you are lucky enough to have children then I pray that God will forgive you for what you have said.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Rick was out of town at a speaking engagement. Sherri and all three boys had been outside playing in the snow. When they came back in, she locked all the doors and put a movie on for the boys to watch. She then went to take a shower. When she came back after her shower, "Cornbread" was missing. She found an open door - 2-1/2 year old boys can unlock doors! - and found Cornbread in the pool. She did everything a mother would do to protect her children. So don't you dare blame the parents! If you want to see something worth seeing and not your drivel, go to www.rickandbubba.com and view the three videos that have been posted to You-Tube. Rick spoke at his baby's memorial service just 3 hours after burying him. That is a true testament to love of family, but most important... love of God. I dare you to watch the videos and still feel the same way you do. If you do, all I can say is God bless you.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
As a christian and from the words of Rick--we expect these remarks-as these are the words of the devil. Our christian family will pray for you.

Submitted by Carla (not verified) on
I believe that all of us need to go to www.rickandbubba.com and listen to what Rick Burgess had to say about his son's death. I know that it has made an impact on my life and hopefully many more lives to come. But, to the one who wants to put these parents in jail I will say that I am a VERY WATCHFUL, and even been accused of being an EXTREMELY OVERPROTECTIVE, parent, and my son, when 2, was lost in Walmart within a matter of a half a second! And, when he was 3, while I was taking a shower, he climbed into the entertainment center and it fell over with him, which could have easily fallen ON HIM and killed him.When I think back to these times my heart hurts with the thoughts of what could have happened. But, had God chosen to take my son at those times, I KNOW I would not have been able to deal with they the Burgess family is dealing with it, THE WAY IT SHOULD BE DEALT WITH. So, please don't be so quick to judge Rick and Sherrie Burgess. If you listen to Rick's show, you would know just how much these parents love their children and how much they love God.And I thank God for Rick and Sherrie Burgess because God, through them, has made me reevaluate some of the petty things I worry about in my life. God bless all of you!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
you ought to be ashamed of yourself to even have the nerve to say such words I hope God shows more compasion on you than you have shown for this wonderful and grieving family.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
what kind of monster are you? how dare you blame his parents for this! it was an accident. you shouldn't be judgemental until you have walked in someone's shoes. this was a tragic accident that no parent should have to ever witness. I hope you will realize that your statement was very coldhearted. i stand behind the burgess family %100!!!!!! god bless you rick and sherri.

Submitted by Hillary Huntsvi... (not verified) on
Yes shame on you...coincidently that person left the hateful comment anonymously! May God bless you!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
u r a piss of sh*t 4 saying that things happen even to good people who take care of there kids an watch them all the time... u are terrible for saying that

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Bad things always happen to other people, then one day you wake up, and you are the other people. This is so very sad, we are all praying for the family.

Submitted by Lisa Lopez (not verified) on
As a very dedicated fan of the show,I feel like part of the family.My heart and prayers go out to everyone who has been devestated by the unexpected death of Bronner Burgess.May God be with you in this time of need and the days that follow.

Submitted by Mr & Mrs Jerry ... (not verified) on
So very sorry to hear the news of your son...Our prayers and thoughts are with the family in your trying times....God bless you, and may the Lord give you strength in these troublesom times...

Submitted by julia williams (not verified) on
I love rick and bubba and feel like they are part of my family my heart was broken to hear this news. Listening to rick and buba and watching when they were on t.v. helped me through with the some of the pain of losing my mom. This whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. I know that God will be ever present for them and especially during this time.

Submitted by Erica Szeremet (not verified) on
Jesus said in Matthew 19:14 "Don't stop children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God." I listened to their show this morning. Rick wasn't there, but Bubba and Speedy were on the air. I am so thankful that Rick and his family are celebrating the time that they had with Bronner and the fact that Bronner is in such a better place than we can all even imagine. A lot of people that experiences losses (including myself in the past) tend to focus on the time that has been taken away instead of the time given. It's a real blessing that Rick and his family are positive enough in this trying time to be optimistic and look at the positive.

Submitted by Doug (not verified) on
Please accept my condolences as you grieve the tragic loss of your son. As a father of three I grieve with you, but I cannot claim to comprehend the sorrow you must feel. No parent should have to endure the loss of a child. You are in my prayers that God will comfort you during this tragedy.

Submitted by Terri (not verified) on
I am a mother and griefing parent. My heart goes out to you . You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God will wrap his arms around you during these hard days. I have heard you preach at my Church, Rick. I know that your faith is strong. God is the answer to tragedy of this nature... I also recommend the Amelia Center, grief counceling offered in our area. It is for your entire family. The phone number is 251-3430. My God give you comfort and peace. Sincerely Terri

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i am very sorry for the loss of your son.i am not going to say i know what you and your family is going throgh because i have no idea.i belive that God does thngs for a reson.you may not thnk so now but i know it is true.maybe Bronners death has brought someone to God when you asked people to pray for you and your family.God is testing you and your relationship with him.dont let this tragic death keep you and your family away from God.i have never met you or your family before but i feel that i have because of listiing to you on the raido,and i bet many people feel the same way,but i feel that young Bronner was a part of my family.i understand it is hard to let someone so close to your heart go and you cant do anything about it.we all know that now he is in a much beter place now.a place we cant even imagen.he is dining with the Lord!i think if you loos someone it makes you a better person, it makes you more aware of the horable tragites around you.dont shut out God and the people you love, you need them now to help you get throgh this.we will all be praying for you and your family.let the Lords blessings be opon you.

Submitted by Steve and Kathy... (not verified) on
Rick, Kathy and I would like to add our voices to those who are thinking about you and praying for you and all your family. We know what it is to lose a son, as we continue to recover from the loss of our Kevin two years ago. As you know, faith is the only way to deal with the tragedies of life, for surely God did not want this to happen and is suffering right along with you. Although our Lord is God of all creation, he gives us free will and is not a cosmic puppeteer. Bad things happen to good people every day, and as we know from Ephesians 6, we are in a spiritual war, and there are casualties. Just know, as I'm sure you do, that Jesus loves us and died for us and has a home waiting for us. It gives us great comfort to know that our Kevin is with the Lord, and we have that hope of having our circle unbroken again. Yours will be too. Bronner is good, he is just fine, don't worry about him. Keep your path that one day you might go to him. Just remember, as time goes by and we move on, we don't leave anyone behind, but take them with us always wherever we go. May God be with you and give you grace and peace in the days to come. If you ever need someone to talk with, you have my email address. All our love, Steve and Kathy Daugherty

Submitted by Justin Gillespie (not verified) on
My heartfelt prayers go out to The Burgess family. I was at the Strength To Stand Conference in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It was about 20 minutes til the start of the worship session I was in when we received the news about your son. And the heads of 2000+ students, youth ministers, and parents bowed in prayer for your son. He is in the arms of the all loving Father now, and like you said to Scott Dawson, it's time for all the warriors for Christ to "finish what we started."

Submitted by Dana (not verified) on
I can't begin to understand what you're going through. I can't say I know how you feel or that you are like family to me. I don't know you. I do love your show & the strong faith you've shown. I love that you aren't afraid to say what others won't. But although we've never met, we do share a common denominator.....Jesus Christ. And although I've never lost a child and haven't experienced your loss, Jesus has. He has experienced every pain we've ever felt. And even though I believe you're trusting in Him to sustain you now, I still point you to Him. For only He can soothe you in the lonely midnight hours when nobody is there to bring fellowship nor comfort. God bless you and your family, Rick. I know He has a purpose in this. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." I'm not preaching at you, I know you know all of this & more. But sometime, you may need to see this written word again. Keep the faith. So many people respect you & think so highly of you & your family. Know that you are loved.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My husband has been a listener for several years. He would always come home talking about the show. I started listening and have yet to stop. When I heard the terrible news I had no doubt in my mind that your family would be strong through this tragedy. You and your family are such an inspiration to all of your listeners for being strong in your faith. My family and I are praying and will continue to pray for your family in your time of loss. The prayers are sure to come for days, weeks, months, and years. God Bless your family and may He lift you guys up today and everyday. God Bless, Wade and Katie Crocker + family

Submitted by julia williams (not verified) on
I cannot believe that a peron would show how ignorant they are by posting such hateful words to a family that is very caring not only to their own family but to others that just shows that you do not know them or listen to their show. I hope God shows you how wrong it is to accuse people wrongly you must not have children especially a 2 year old they are quick and can be into something no matter how well you watch them. God tells us not judge people least you be judged so i would be very careful about what i wrote or spoke about a child of God. If you were a person with any thought or care about others feelings you would not have posted that on a site that people that care about the family and their grief they may not every see what you posted but i did and it only makes my heart break that you could be so rude and hateful, and then you don't even have the guts to sign your name but like i said God knows who you are.

Submitted by Angie Dailey (not verified) on
I am so sorry for your loss, I have no clue how I would deal with such a loss of one of my children, so I pray that God be with you in evey step of the way. Angie Dailey

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I can not see how someone can be so heartless. I myself have lost a child and i wish that on not even my worst enemy. People who say those kind of things have evidently never experienced a loss like this. we do not know what the circumstances were. my sympathy goes out to the entire family. May God bless you!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Lord, Forgive the idiots of the world for they know not what they say!!! The idiot that has no compassion on those that are facing tragedy in there lives! The idiot that said parents should go to jail when their child has died in a terrible accident. Did the idiot even know that the parents were out of town doing your will? Have mercy Lord upon their soul!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am sorry for the loss of your little one. Even as a mother myself, I have NO idea what you could be experiencing right now. Just know that you're in our prayers.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I WAS SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE TRAGIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING YOUR SON. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY. WE HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOU AND WILL CONTINUE. YOU AND BUBBA ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ALL WHO LISTEN TO THE SHOW. AS OTHERS HAVE SAID, I FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PART OF MY FAMILY BECAUSE I LISTEN EVERYDAY AND HEAR YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR FAMILIES AND YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE. I KNOW THAT YOUR STRONG FAITH WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND LEAN ON GOD TO HEAL YOUR PAIN. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU!!!!!

Submitted by 504GRL (not verified) on
having 3 kids of my own I know its IMPOSSIBLE To keep all eyes on them , My heart goes out to this family, Lord Jesus be with them and keep them in your arms .

Submitted by Ginger Kerr (not verified) on
Rick, Sherri & Family, I just wanted to drop you a note and say how VERY VERY sorry I am for your loss. Your strength, courage and conviction are so evident and you are such good examples of how we all SHOULD act in this type of tragedy....although most of us would not be nearly so graceful. My heart is just broken into peices for your heartache and there are not words to express the deep sadness you must be feeling, and that we all share in for you. Please, give yourselves time to grieve and allow your children to grieve as well. Many, Many prayers are out there in your names today and will continue through the faithful friends and listeners out there. God Bless You and your entire family during this time and always. Ginger Kerr Mt. Moriah Baptist Children's Ministries Pell City, Alabama

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
We are praying for the Burgess family and know their hearts are in the right place - with God - I can't imagine going through an ordeal like this. Our sympathies are with you. We almost lost my son to an accident and there were people that judged me too. People from our own church even! It is a shame that people feel they need to make a situation worse by judging and placing blame. Accidents are accidents. That's it. My son's recovery was and is a miracle that we will eternally be grateful for. We'd love to protect our children from the world, but try as we may, we can't. Kids could get into a locked safe if they really wanted to! They are super people with strange abilities that we, as adults, will never understand. The point is, for the people that have no common sense and no compassion - get over yourselves or you may someday find yourself in a tragic situation as this. Wear someone else's shoes and learn some tact and grace. Our prayers are with you Burgess family - we love you!

I heard Bubba say on the show today that Rick lost not just a son but a little buddy. As the father of a 5 year old daughter and 1 year old son, I totally relate to my children being my little buddies. I think that this tragedy has rocked my world because you guys are so quick to tell us about your everyday lives and we have listened as your children have grown and as your families have grown. Even though you guys don't know most of us from Adam, we know you guys and treasure the memories that you have shared with us about Bronner and the rest of your families. Please understand that you do not grieve alone.

Submitted by Mrs. Dowda (not verified) on
I first heard of your loss in our Sunday morning service at my church. I just wanted to let you know that our whole congregation prayed for you and your family. There was not a dry eye in the place afterwards. All of our hearts break for you and your family. Like our Assist. Pastor said on Sunday, God is going to fill his army, even if it is with the little children of the world. Just remember that Bronner is now an Angel and will fight with and for Jesus from now on. May the love of your family & friends and the that love that you have for God give you the peace that you need to get past this. I can't seem to keep you and your family out of my thoughts and I wanted to let you know that....You are all in my prayers!!

Submitted by pete perez (not verified) on
rick, i just wanted you to know the moment i heard what had happened i felt a strong urge to pray for you and your family i just wanted to respond to let you know that this has touched me deeply you and your family are very special people and the way you all are handling this has amazed me. this past year i have struggled to find and keep work. i have always had a job. i am christian and when these struggles came my way i began to doubt the lord and even strayed from him . after i heard what happened and how you all are praising the lord thru this my faith has been restored and i have asked the lord to forgive me and take me back i just want you to know that i am so deeply sorry for your loss and that my family and i are praying for you every night. i have 3 boys and 1 girl and they are precious to me i could not imagine i wish i could say something to make it better but i have no words. again we are praying for you and your family we love you and support you may god bless you for your inspirational actions as my actions were unworthy of his grace and love deeply touched pete and family

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I first heard of your loss in our Sunday morning service at my church. I just wanted to let you know that our whole congregation prayed for you and your family. There was not a dry eye in the place afterwards. All of our hearts break for you and your family. Like our Assist. Pastor said on Sunday, God is going to fill his army, even if it is with the little children of the world. Just remember that Bronner is now an Angel and will fight with and for Jesus from now on. May the love of your family & friends and the that love that you have for God give you the peace that you need to get past this. I can't seem to keep you and your family out of my thoughts and I wanted to let you know that....You are all in my prayers!!

Submitted by Cothren family (not verified) on
Our hearts are broken for your precious family. Please know we are all praying for each of you. We love you. The Cothren's Philippians 1:3,4

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