HR Strange But True!
June 08, 2001

Security guard Tony Longcoy wrestled a would-be robber to the ground recently in a branch of the Charter One Bank in Cleveland.

For that, the security firm that employs him gave him a pat on the back. But Charter One fired the security firm.

Charter One isn't talking, but according to Longcoy, the bank told him that he was supposed to be no more than "a deterrent" - someone who'd get a good description of a bank robber, not catch one.

Mike Skory, whose family owns the security company, acknowledged that Longcoy's actions violated an agreement between the bank and his company, but he said Longcoy acted on instinct.

"Tony's a hero," Skory said. "He should get a reward from the bank if anything."

While Longcoy won't be going back to the bank, he still has a job with the security firm.

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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