I'm an intern/Co-Op at a company. I became fairly good friends with our HR manager. She started about a week after me (3 months at time of post). Yesterday she was fired, very near the end of the day (i found out around 10 after 5). I sat with her and tried to make sure she was alright and such while she packed up her office. The whole time she was very insistent that i know exactly what she was packing up, and how it was all hers and not the company's.
One of the other department managers was hanging around outsider her office the whole time, I assume for that reason. Now, eventually, she is finished, and i hang with her in the lobby while she waits for a co-worker's meeting to end to say goodby. I was supposed to leave at 5:30, but the HR manager didn't end up leaving until 5:45, so I stayed until 6 to make up the 15-ish min. of work time the company lost.
Anyway, the other department head didn't follow us to the lobby. When i was returning to my desk, i saw him and he gave me a thumbs up, and thanked me. I was very confused, until someone thanked me again today and I realized that i had basically been drafted into helping fire my friend.
I'm really not sure what to do in a situation like this. Since then, 2 other people (one of whom is my boss's supervisor) have thanked me for my help that day, and another 2 have come over to tell me that I shouldn't have had to do that. What is the proper response to a situation like this?
Edit (summary): I'm a co-op at a company, and ended up being put in a position where i was acting as a 'watchdog' over a friend of mine who had just been fired. Someone else from the company had been keeping an eye on her, until i had come over to chat and make sure she was alright, at which point that other person left. I didn't think anything of it until some people started thanking me for helping, or telling me I shouldn't have had to do that. I'm not really sure what to say/do/how to respond in a situation like this. Does anyone have any advice?