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Chewelah Man Fighting For His Life After Getting Attacked In Downtown Seattle

CHEWELAH, Wash. - The community of Chewelah has come together to help a man who is fighting for his life. 37-year-old Navarone "Rone" Katzer was attacked and beaten on Jan. 8 in downtown Seattle at Second Avenue and James street.

Katzer is in a coma at Harborview Medical Center where he remains in critical but stable condition. He suffered from head injuries that caused his brain to swell, and is also fighting off a life-threatening respiratory infection.

It has been almost three weeks since the attack and residents all over Chewelah are pitching in to help Katzer and his family.

"He's a great guy," said Elaine Roach. "I know he works really hard and he's really honest. We're all really sorry that this happened to him."

The town of Chewelah is raising money and donating whatever they can to help out. A longtime family friend gave his frequent flyer miles to the Katzer family so they could travel back and forth to Seattle. Neighbors also cook for the family every night, to make sure Katzer's kids have a warm meal to eat while dad is away.

"Everyone's pulling behind him," said Roach. "There's people taking dinners over, donating frequent flyer miles and Avista guys have donated their vacation time so that Rone's brother can be there."

The Katzer family says the out pouring of support and generosity has helped them get through this tough time. They say they are confident Katzer will pull though and make a full recovery.

"They're a really close knit family and he's lucky to have them," says Roach. "I know they're really suffering through this so we hope that they can all pull together and help him get well and come home soon."

The family set up a blog to allow friends to track Rone's recovery. As of Thursday night the site has more than 12,500 visitors and the guest book has almost 1,000 messages.

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