July 28, 2014

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Pair honored for roles in helping shot man

Dave, left, and Jared Fenik, of Elyria Township, pose Oct. 1 near a homemade saign they created to warn motorists about the road outside their homes. Jared was shot and wounded later that day and Dave and neighbor Todd Shoemaker helped to save Jared. CHRONICLE FILE

Dave, left, and Jared Fenik, of Elyria Township, pose Oct. 1 near a homemade saign they created to warn motorists about the road outside their homes. Jared was shot and wounded later that day and Dave and neighbor Todd Shoemaker helped to save Jared. CHRONICLE FILE

Two men who never sought to be heroes but stepped into the role when they came to the aid of an Elyria Township man who lay bleeding on a sidewalk from two gunshot wounds were honored for their efforts by township trustees.

In recalling the evening of Oct. 1 when his younger brother, Jared Fenik, 30, was shot by an unknown assailant, Dave Fenik, 44, said he had no idea the victim was his brother and friend –- the person who he lives near, works with and snowboards with on winter trips to Minnesota.

“I was there just right after it happened and I didn’t even now it was my brother,” he said. “When I saw him lying there, I did what I could.”

Fellow neighbor Todd Shoemaker also came to Jared Fenik’s aid.

Dave Fenik said what he remembers most vividly about that night is holding his brother as he waited for ambulances to arrive.

“Todd and Dave came to Jared’s aid not knowing, at the time, that it was Jared,” said Township Trustee Rob Scheithauer. “They both administered crucial aid to Jared until the Elyria Township EMS arrived minutes later. Todd and Dave both ignored their own personal safety not knowing if the assailant was still present.”

At the recognition ceremony, held Monday, Todd and Dave were both presented with the Good Neighbor Award from the Elyria Township Neighborhood Watch Committee. Jared Fenik thanked all of the first responders, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Elyria Township EMS, Shoemaker and his brother for saving his life.

He also thanked everyone present and all of his friends and neighbors for their prayers and get well wishes.

“I’m grateful to still be here,” he said.

The shooter remains at large, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Neighbors said Jared Fenik had chased a man who had been acting strangely and asking for a ride before the shooting.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.