During the Tuesday morning DeKalb County Commission meeting in Decatur, Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May and other county representatives honored the outstanding efforts of the staff of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Center, and the first responders involved in last Tuesday’s shooting at McNair.
In a proclamation, May reflected on the school shooting incident that could have had a tragic outcome if it had not been for some heroic efforts. He celebrated no loss of life, and bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff who talked gunman, Michael Hill into surrendering.
Tuff was among those who received a standing ovation. With a humble spirit, Antoinette Tuff told the Tuesday crowd at the Commission meeting that she “gives the honor to God and does not take any credit for it”. She also told the community to continue to pray for the students and teachers at McNair because some are still terrified by the experience.
The county also recognized 911 dispatcher, Kendra McCray, who remained on the line helping Tuff to stay clam until police entered the school building and took Hill into custody. McCray told WSB-TV that in the last eight and a half years as a 911 operator, she has never taken a call like this. Kendra McCray says when it was all over, she thanked God that the kids and staff were safe.
Ironically, both ladies were not scheduled to work at the time of the shooting incident, but by fate they ended up on duty.
There were many people were honored during the Tuesday proclamation.
The shooting and standoff received national attention. Antoinette even received a called from President Barack Obama.