Concealed carrier who saved jogger from dog attack in Saint-Charles honored for bravery

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A concealed porter who saved a jogger who was violently attacked by a pair of dogs last year in St. Charles has been recognized for his heroic actions.

Chris Shanahan received the heroic citizen award from Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain at Tuesday’s county board meeting.

On the morning of December 13, Shanahan was driving through his neighborhood on Windsor Drive in St. Charles Township when he saw a woman being attacked by two large dogs.

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Laura Kizman, 51, was jogging when a Labradoodle ran from a nearby yard to greet her, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. Kizman attempted to escort the dog to her caretaker, who was in her driveway, when the caretaker’s two other dogs charged and attacked her, police said.

Sheriff Ron Hain recognized resident Chris Shanahan in front of Kane County Council for his heroic actions to save the life of another citizen in December 2021. Mr. Shanahan stepped in when he saw his neighbor being brutally attacked by of them (Kane County Sheriff’s Office)

Shanahan saw Kizman on the ground, desperately trying to fend off the Rottweilers, and attempted to pull Kizman’s dogs away, but was unsuccessful.

Shanahan then called her father to retrieve his gun and shot one of the dogs, causing them both to flee. The dog that was shot died a short time later and the second Rottweiler was euthanized the next day, according to police.

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Kizman suffered “serious injuries” to both legs, arm and head, the lawyers said. She was airlifted to the trauma center at Good Samaritan Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. She was hospitalized for more than three weeks.

Images of injuries to Laura Kizman after being attacked by two Rottweilers in St. Charles in December | Cavanagh Legal Group

On Tuesday, Shanahan received a standing ovation from the Kane County Council and others after receiving the Heroic Citizen Award.

“Chris Shanahan is a true hero and it was an honor to recognize him for his swift actions to save Ms. Kizman’s life,” Sheriff Ron Hain said.

Shanahan said his sense of urgency increased when he realized it was Kizman, a family friend, who was being attacked.

“I was ready to do this for anyone. It didn’t matter who the victim was in this particular incident, I was committed to stopping and preventing what could have been a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Shanahan said. .

Kizman’s lawyers filed a lawsuit in January against Steven and Ann Dorando for failing to take proper precautions to control the two Rottweilers who “inexplicably attacked her and began using her as a chew toy” .

“The physical and emotional injuries Laura suffered in this horrific attack were extremely serious. Her very difficult recovery continues and she will suffer lasting injuries for the rest of her life,” said Kizman’s attorney, Timothy J. Cavanagh, in a statement. “This attack would not have happened if the Dornados had been responsible dog owners. They knew their dogs could be dangerous, but they did not take the necessary precautions to restrain or train the dogs so that they would not don’t pick on people.”

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Kizman said the attack and its aftermath took an emotional toll on his family. With her husband out of town on a business trip the day of the incident, Kizman said her 18-year-old daughter needed to “come into adulthood very quickly and be by my side.”

“Obviously I’m crying about it, so it’s taken a toll on my family,” she said. “But they’re kids and they’re very resilient and they’re just happy that I’m back and have my sassy attitude I guess.”

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