DECATUR, Ga. -- It's been quite a week for school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff. First she went through the stress of meeting a man armed with an AK-47 who walked into her elementary school. She talked him down until he surrendered without hurting anyone.
Now after surviving that ordeal, she's made the rounds on national television-and even fielded a call from the President before a big interview on CNN.
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After all that, she came back to her home church to be honored again. This time by Congressman Hank Johnson.
"You can't follow president Obama; nothing will ever reach that kind of expectation for her," Johnson said.
Nevertheless, Johnson presented a proclamation to Tuff in front of her church, commending her for her bravery and calm under pressure.
Her uncle, the pastor at The Way the Truth and the Life Christian Center Incorporated, said they always knew she had an inner strength.
"Whatever encounter she has it's always the same," said Ulysses Tuft. "[She tells herself] no matter what happens, I'm not going to let it get me down, no matter what takes place."
Tuff did not address the church, and declined to speak to reporters.