POMARIA — Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster credited social media and Nixle updates for Todd Lever’s quick action to help apprehend four fugitives near Lever Farms on Thursday, but for Todd’s wife, Lynnette, her husband’s quick actions show the power of prayer.
Around the time Todd Lever saw the fugitives, Lynnette said her daughter Shelby was on her knees at Pomaria-Garmany school.
The fifth-grader was praying as school dismissed that her daddy, who was home by himself, would be OK even though fugitives were in the area near the family’s farm.
“I was just thinking and praying for God to please keep my daddy safe,” Shelby said Thursday afternoon after the four had been captured.
Around 3:40 p.m., as she prayed, her daddy encountered the fugitives.
“I was out in the strawberry field on my ATV when I saw people in the distance (wearing clothes that matched the fugitive descriptions),” Todd Lever said. “I pulled out my phone and as I dialed 911, I was thinking, this is it. I jumped off the ATV and yelled and ran toward (the fugitives).”
Lever, who has a concealed weapon permit, was armed with a pistol at the time. He shrugged off any mention that what he did was courageous or heroic.
“Adrenaline took over and I just reacted,” he said. “I’m just glad it is over and nobody else got hurt. Law enforcement did a great job.”
Within five to seven minutes of his 911 call, the four teens were arrested.
Lever’s wife said she was proud of her husband and thankful for the chance to give credit to the source of strength she believes guided him through the incident.
“This shows that the Lord answers prayers,” Lynnette Lever said. “God is so good.”