Female firefighter receives Sagamore of the Wabash Award

Diana Hardy was presented the award on her last day before retirement.
Diana Hardy was presented the award on her last day before retirement.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Purdue firefighter received the highest honor that Gov. Mike Pence can bestow.

State Sen. Ron Alting and State Rep. Sheila Klinker presented Diana Hardy with a Sagamore of the Wabash Award Tuesday afternoon.

Hardy has been a member of the Purdue Fire Department since 1981 and is the longest serving female firefighter in state history. Tuesday was her last day with department before she retires.

She said it took her awhile to realize how special it was to receive the Sagamore of the Wabash Award.

“It’s awesome. I can’t — it’s hard to put it into words because I’m very honored,” said Hardy.

Hardy will also be donating her fire fighting equipment to a Purdue University library.

With retirement here, Hardy said she’s going to enjoy the rest of the summer before deciding what she wants to do next.

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