But Burge is home from the hospital after suffering multiple injuries in the April 10 attack.
"Jim is at home, recovering slowly with the assistance of his wife (a previous nurse) who is running the front lines of his care, and some occupational, speech and physical therapists," Dodd said. "It’s exhausting for all parties involved, including his wife, who can’t leave Jim alone so she can go pick up prescriptions or groceries. He is walking slowly and with help, speaking in slurred and mumbled words, and is able to feed himself with little help now."
According to various news reports, Burge yelled at the driver of a four-door car speeding down the road to slow down. The man exited the car, beat Burge savagely, "left him for dead" at the side of the road and drove away, according to a report from mystateline.com.
Burge was a golf course superintendent an an Oregon, IL, country club until the golf course closed to make way for development, according to a report from the Rockford Register Star. Burge and his wife have no insurance, and their home is in short sale.
To help offset the cost of Burge's care, Dodd has set up a website where people can contribute. Now, family and friends have put together a golf outing benefit
scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at Silver Ridge Golf Course in Oregon, IL.
"Todd Olson stepped forward and just began creating this event without a blink of an eye or even contacting any of us Burges, at first," Dodd said. "We so appreciated his heart-felt initiative, as it’s reflective of the astounding outpouring of caring support, prayers, and donations that have come forward due to our Geneva (and outlying areas) community family."
You can find out more about the golf outing at this Facebook page.
Dodd said anyone with tips or leads on the case should not post them on Facebook, but can do so in two ways:
- Text-2-Tip: Annonymous texting of tips and leads: http://www.wcsp-il.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=361
- Crimestoppers: 1-888-769-STOP (7867)