Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Canton Township honors college shooting heroine

Julie Brown, Staff Writer

Tabitha Hardy receives Canton Department of Public
Safety recognition at the Jan. 14 Board of Trustees meeting.
Praising her heroism is township Trustee John Anthony.
Canton Township officials lauded a real hero during the Jan. 14 board of trustees meeting.
Officials praised the actions of Tabitha Hardy who was honored with special recognition from the Canton Township Department of Public Safety..
Hardy, who was in class at a technical college in Canton in January of 2019, heard a classmate threaten actions that could have caused great harm or death to himself and other students and instructors. Hardy spoke to her classmate urging him to return home and collect his thoughts and calming him. She also called 9-1-1 to report the threat and Canton police responded to the scene.

Canton Public Safety Director Joshua Meier praised her conduct and actions in the situation.
“Her actions that day were heroic,” Meier said.
Meier praised Hardy's wherewithal, which included the 9-1-1 response.
Canton Trustee John Anthony, who previously worked for the FBI, read the formal recognition of Hardy. He said he was also impressed with her conduct. “Your actions resulted in saving some lives,” he told her.
The Jan. 22, 2019, response by police was followed by referral to the Wayne County prosecutor.
Hardy also received a round of applause from the audience attending the meeting.