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Reported by Kontji Anthony

Friends, businesses raise money for Somerville police chief

Sommerville Police Chief Kenny Feathers' condition has improved since he went into a coma last month after a charity wrestling event.

Saturday, his friends and family rallied around him to help pay his medical bills.  Tina Feathers said the hardest part is not being able to hear her husband speak.

"Everybody that knows Kenny knows that he loves to talk," she said.

Feathers has been unconscious since a blow to the head during the charity wrestling match.

"I'm not this strong of a person, but with prayer and the support of everyone, that's what's keeping us going," Tina Feathers said.

The Pamida Family Store opened its lot to a bevy of businesses Saturday that wanted to help raise money for the chief and his family during the most difficult time of their lives.

"Just support the family any way we can and we'll continue to do so as long as it takes," Pamida's Amy Lokken said.

Spirits are lighter now that Feathers is showing improvement.  Though he's still on oxygen and medication, his wife says he's no longer on a respirator and he squeezed his son's hand shortly before Saturday's fundraiser.

"He'll move his legs some," Tina Feathers said. "Like I said he opens his eyes up some.  Sometimes he'll kind of follow noises and voices and everything.  Sometimes he's just kind of there, but I think he knows we're there."

 "He's having some good moments in the hospital - something they've been looking forward to," Somerville Mayor Bob Morris said. "It's gonna take time.  It's gonna take a lot of time."

Friends and neighbors say they'll be there every step of the way.

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