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Senuty happier to help others

Kerana M. Todorov
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When a group of friends decided to raise money for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, they immediately thought of Rick Senuty, the former Lyon’s Restaurant cook

who was shot eight times during the Jan. 10, 2001, shooting spree.

“It was our take on him that he would be far more comfortable in the role of giving than being a recipient of other people’s help,” Debra Snell, one of the friends who organized the Sept. 29 fund-raiser, said Monday. “We liked the idea of pulling him out of his shell.”

Senuty said “yes” immediately.

The friends had raised $4,600 last winter to buy him a new truck. It replaced one that Scott Harlan Thorpe allegedly riddled with bullets as he pursued Senuty in the parking lot outside the restaurant on the Nevada City Highway. Senuty, now 35, was shot after shoving co-workers to safety, witnesses said.

The fund-raiser for victims of Sept. 11 brought in $18,000 for the American Red Cross, Snell said. Senuty, who was supposed to stay only one hour during the 12-hour event, stayed all day.

“It was a hot day, and he was still in physical rehabilitation, and we were worried about him,” Snell said. “He just couldn’t leave. He just kept wanting to stay.”

Senuty does not speak a lot, Snell said.

“He’s truly an introspective person … but he did say it was one of the most powerful days in his life,” she said.

Senuty, currently a cook at Perko’s Cafe, agreed to a phone interview in December, but then changed his mind. Reached again at work last week, Senuty threatened to file a restraining order against The Union.

His father and stepmother, Bill and Sandy Senuty, have sold the family home off Lime Kiln Road and may have moved out of state, acquaintances said.

Senuty’s mother, a Carson City, Nev., resident, said she is proud of her son.

“I thank God for this wondrous child,” Susan Morning said in December. “He turned out to be a pretty miraculous person. He thought about his co-workers, about his responsibility to get them to a safe place.”

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