The incident at a Georgia school this week not only resulted in no one hurt or killed, but it also created sisters in arms, two women, strangers who relied on each other for the survival of those around them.
Antoinette Tuff, the tough but calm school bookkeeper, met for the first time Kendra McCrae, the 911 operator, the voice at the other end of the emergency call. Their tearful meeting was on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
Tuff her scariest moment was watching the gunman load his A-K 47.
Rather than confront the man, Tuff tried to defuse the deadly situation with reasoned calm, telling him, as caught on her 911 call: “We all go through something in life. No, you don’t want that. You going to be okay. I thought the same thing, you know, I tried to commit suicide last year after my husband left me, but look at me now. I’m still working and everything is okay.”
Kendra McCrae said she was like the rest of us, simply in awe of Tuff.
“She is a true hero.”
In the end, a man armed with a rifle was no match for a bookkeeper armed with love and a dispatcher, her sister in arms.