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The Hero of Fort Hood

November 7, 2009

We’ve kept our opinions to ourselves on the Fort Hood Massacre, not wanting to add to the hurt the nation is suffering through. Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to the families of the fallen. Consistently we have noticed in our nearly 44 years, that some light shines in the darkest tragedies, and here is one about the courageous lady who risked herself to save others. From the AP:

The stepmother of the police officer who shot an Army psychiatrist suspected of the Ford Hood killing spree said Friday the woman’s heroics are not surprising.

Wanda Barbour told The Star-News of Wilmington she knew Sgt. Kimberly Munley was involved when she heard a female Fort Hood officer had shot and wounded Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, ending the bloodletting on the Texas base.

“When they said a female officer, a little part of me just knew,” Barbour told the newspaper before heading to Texas with her husband. “She is a very great person with a great spirit.”

Munley arrived at the shooting scene Thursday and began firing at Hasan, who spun and charged at her with a gun in each hand, authorities said.

Munley’s superior, Chuck Medley, told The Associated Press that Munley shot Hasan in the upper torso, stopping him even though she was shot in both thighs and a wrist.

The 34-year-old officer was reported to be recovering and in stable condition Friday.

Thank God for her, and whoever wears a uniform today, be it soldier, police officer, firefighter, or mail man. Thanks for your service!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. D. E. Reddick permalink
    November 8, 2009 1:17 pm

    Serving beside Sgt. Kimberly Munley was her partner Sgt. Mark Todd. Here’s a report of what he observed and experienced during the shootout the two police officers had with Major Hasan.

    Officer describes firefight that downed Hasan

  2. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 8, 2009 8:31 am

    I’ll bet Sgt. Munley’s husband though he’d be bringing home the battles, nonetheless proud.

  3. November 7, 2009 8:18 pm

    As we know, at the sound of gunfire, there are essentially two kinds of people. Those who run to it and those who run from it. Sgt. Munley without hesitation ran to it and knew what to do when she arrived. The tactical situation will be studied, reviewed, critiqued but what cannot be known is how many lives she saved by her courageous, determined and selfless action. Bravo.

  4. D. E. Reddick permalink
    November 7, 2009 8:07 pm

    Sergeant Munley is a certified hero for having done her duty in such a self-sacrificing manner. There is some question as to whether her duty partner also shot Major Hasan. Whoever contributed however many shots, that murderer reportedly received four rounds to bring his murderous spree to an end. If the service rounds utilized by the police were .357 magnum or .40 S&W, then it is no surprise that Major Hasan is now paralyzed and in a coma.

    Sergeant Munley’s husband is a service member and is reportedly deployed overseas. Let us hope that he on the way home or else already back at Fort Hood. Their three year old daughter needs a parent who isn’t hospitalized or handicapped while recovering from her wounds.

    For all of the other children whose parents were murdered or wounded by Major Hasan’s rampage – what can one say. Words that somehow attempt to describe their misery and suffering and then address those horrid feelings in some compassionate manner seem to be beyond my abilities.

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