ALS PhD Student Shows Great Leadership Under Fire

Posted on 1/3/2014 2:18:04 PM

Francia Done HenryStanding face to face with an armed robbery suspect is one way to determine the quality of your leadership skills. That’s exactly what happened to ALS PhD student Francia Done Henry when she was on the job as a police officer on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, and responded to an armed robbery at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Here is an excerpt from the article at PennLive describing the moment the three armed robbery suspects left the Cracker Barrel and headed for their getaway car:

“As they ran toward a stolen sport-utility vehicle that was to be their getaway car, Susquehanna Township Police Cpl. Francia Done identified herself as a police officer and ordered them to stop. Police said (one of the suspects) briefly pointed a .45-caliber handgun at Done, then dropped it on the ground as all three suspects took off running. As they fled, the men dropped a large paper bag and a plastic bag containing $8,022 in cash and wallets, purses and cellphones taken from the victims, Patrolman First Class Jason Reber wrote in the arrest papers. Reber said the men split up during the foot chase, but that he was able to catch (two of the suspects) while Done caught (the suspect who pointed the handgun). Two loaded 9 mm pistols were found near where (the suspects) were apprehended, he said. A loaded pistol magazine was found on (the suspect with the .45), he said.”

The article also mentioned that Chief of Police Rob Martin said that Done (the on-scene supervisor) showed “great restraint” to avoid bloodshed and that she and her fellow officers “demonstrated their bravery by chasing down three suspects they knew were armed.” (from the article by Matt Miller in PennLive, used by permission)

We are so glad that Francia was unharmed in this incident, and proud of the ways she exhibited amazing leadership ability to bring about an injury-free result to this very stressful situation. Congratulations Francia, and thank you for caring enough to keep our community safe! Best wishes for your continued success as you finish your PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies.