NOTE: This article is no longer found online. I saved this article when I first found it and had sent it to my daughter, Nelja. Fortunately DJ, my son-in-law was not on shift when this happened to his fellow comrades from the 300th MP Company, on Sept 18, 2006.
October 20, 2006
By CHARLOTTE WEICK
Recent rumors that a bomb in
Spc. Rookus, a member of
the 300th MP Company, is recuperating at
According to The Associated Press, the incident occurred at a police station
that was hit by two suicide bombers. The AP reported that at least two Iraqi
police were killed, and around 26 wounded. The Rookus
family heard that six Iraqi police were killed, and that two other
At around 11 a.m., in
Rookus suffered second- and third-degree burns on over 30 percent of his body and his right leg has third-degree burns, which will require skin grafts, Sandi Rookus said.
"Scott McDermond is the driver for Gabe," she said. "They have been together the last two years.
McDermond suffered second-degree burns over 18 percent of his body.
Rookus and McDermond, who are close friends, were placed in the same hospital room, Sandi Rookus said.
At press time, Warrick remains in a drug-induced coma, Sandi Rookus said. Warrick was burned on over 47 percent of his body, and suffered from inhaling fire into his esophagus and lungs.
It was around 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in
After rumors circulated that Rookus was killed, the family began receiving condolences by e-mail that read, "Sorry to hear your son as killed," Sandi Rookus said.
Rookus has been on medication and "going in and out," but has been able to talk about the incident, Sandi Rookus said.
It may have been Rookus' weapon that prevented him from being crushed by the collapse of the building. He told his stepmother that his weapon landed in a vertical position and may have helped to prop up some of the debris.
Rookus graduated from
Cole is too young to understand what happened to his father, but "Clay is very bothered by it," Sandi Rookus said. "He can see that mom's been upset. It's been a very emotional time. It's chaotic, and it still is."
Mark and Sandi Rookus said they greatly appreciated the recent calls, cards, and prayers for their son.
"I'll be all right, once I can see him and hug him," Sandi Rookus said.
Cards or letters can be sent to Spc. Rookus at:
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