CHEWELAH, Wash. -- People in Chewelah are pulling for the recovery of a respected community member. 37-year-old Rone Katzer is at a Seattle hospital. He was reportedly beaten unconscious following a Seahawks playoff game.
A website where family members are updating Rone Katzer's condition has received more than 12,000 hits. Many people in Chewelah say they know him and wait anxiously for his return.
As you enter Chewelah, you pass by Dad's Espresso. Their message reader board does not advertise coffee or the latest deal. It posts a get well wish to Rone. Rone is a Chewelah businessman and a single father of four.
Long time friends Mike McMillan and Nancy Miller hop on the computer every morning and log onto the Caringbridge website. That is where they get daily updates on Ron's condition.
The first post in the journal talks about the night Rone got attacked. It says after the Seahawks-Saints playoff game, Rone walked outside alone to meet his family to have dinner. It says a witness told police two men knocked Rone to the ground, kicked him repeatedly, and yelled their names telling him to remember them. The journal entry says Rone's family found him unconscious with severe head wounds. It says he was rushed to the hospital, sedated and put in a deep sleep. Miller and McMillan learned about the attack the next day.
Back in Chewelah, Nancy Miller is considering changing her sign.
"Maybe I'll say something else in a few days. Hopefully I can say welcome back Rone," said Miller.
The most recent post says as Rone comes off his drugs, he wakes up just briefly but it sure is exciting. The first post does say that police arrested two suspects following the attack.