Those are three of the names that Zara Adil has been called after she fought off two would-be robbers Feb. 27 while training an employee. Her bravery earned local and international attention. Her act was spontaneous in an effort to protect her parents' store, Tobacco Zone at 717 North Broadway, from yet another robbery.
"I always used to think that if something like that happened to me, I was going to get a stick or a Taser, and hit them," Adil said. "But it didn't happen that way."
Adil was celebrated for helping Lexington police solve more than a dozen robberies at restaurants and hotels throughout the city at the beginning of the year.
Adil, 21, was one of more than 50 Lexington citizens and police officers who were presented with awards at a banquet to highlight and honor the work of police employees and citizens.
Lexington police Chief Mark Barnard said Tuesday's banquet was a chance for the department to say thank you for the work of citizens, police officers and victim advocates.
"For me, it's truly a privilege to work with the officers here in Lexington and what great work they do and be able to recognize them," Barnard said. "I'm the blessed person. ... It's not only public safety, but it's all of our responsibility as a community, and we have some people that have done some outstanding work that have helped save lives, stop crimes, deter crimes or given information to solve crimes, so we want to recognize them, because it is all of our responsibility."
About 650 attended the banquet at the Lexington Convention Center, Barnard said.
The yearly event took a dramatic turn as keynote speaker Mike DiGiuro, father of Trent DiGiuro, spoke about his son's death and the extensive legal proceedings that followed. Trent DiGiuro, a former University of Kentucky football player, was shot and killed by Shane Ragland in 1994.
Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson followed Mike DiGiuro in thanking police and firefighters and called the names of police officers who were either shot or killed while on duty.
Widows represented their fallen husbands.
Larson said it is important to remind those who "criticize our law enforcement officers from the safety of their offices or homes or steps on the courthouse that this is a dangerous job every day," he said as the crowd stood to applaud.
Moments later, Adil received her own standing ovation as an announcer described the situation that unfolded behind the store's counter. She smiled, shook hands, took pictures with Barnard and held her award tightly.
"Don't wait to be the victim," she said. "And don't expect for somebody to help you. Thousands of people are going to come by and (say), 'Oh, if I was there I would've helped you.' They're not going to help you. They are going to run for their life first. You need to stand up for what's right."