Homeless Veteran Dies From Burns
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 27, 2006
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON--A homeless Spokane man died Monday night in a Seattle hospital, just three days after he was set on fire while sleeping next to his wheelchair.
Members of Spokane's homeless community gathered at Riverfront Park on Tuesday to mourn Doug Dawson, 50, a veteran of the Vietnam War who lost his leg in an accident about 25 years ago.
Some described "One Leg Doug" as "funny" and "friendly". His family told the Spokesman-Review that he chose to live on the streets soon after his accident in order to not be a burden on anybody.
He was airlifted last Friday to Harborview Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns to the lower half of his body.
Two homeless men, Sean Knold, 23, of Seattle and Matt Tramell, 22, of Portland, are suspected of setting Dawson's blanket on fire and then walking away. They were being held Tuesday in Spokane County Jail on unrelated robbery charges, but could face murder charges related to Dawson's death, police said.
"Wheelchair bound transient dies in Seattle hospital" (KXLY-TV)