An 82-year-old Seattle man whose walking stick was damaged when he struck a younger man who witnesses say had doused him with lighter fluid is getting a replacement cane from the Seattle Police Officers' Guild.
The man smacked his assailant with his cane. Police say the attacker then ran over to two women, doused them with lighter fluid and lit a match, singeing their coats and one woman's hair. The women were not seriously hurt.
The guy was charged with two counts of first-degree assault. The older man's cane was bent in the attack and unusable. The Police Guild heard about the case and decided to buy him a replacement aluminum cane, inscribed with his name. Good move by the Police guild. They did the right thing and helped the man out.