Kim Munley reflects on her act of heroism
Sergeant Kim Munley sat beside Mark Todd on the Oprah show. Both civilian police officers, and both credited with stopping Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s shooting spree at Fort Hood.
The two received a standing ovation for their heroism. Munley is credited as being the first responder, taking down Hasan while he charged her with a gun in each hand.
“The entire incident was very confusing and chaotic. There were many people outside pointing to the direction this individual was apparently located, and as soon as I got out of my vehicle and ran up the hill is when things began getting really bad and we started encountering fire,” she said.
Had it not been for the bravery of Munley and Todd, many say what happened at Fort Hood could have been worse.
Years ago she was nicknamed Mighty Mouse for her small stature, but courageous attitude after an incident where Munley took down a suspect going for Detective Appler’s gun.
“Luckily I was able to stop that from happening, and Shawn happened to assign me a nickname that stuck with me throughout the years,” Munley recalled.
Now on a national stage, it was a nickname Shaun Appler didn’t think would ever go beyond their patrol car.
“I’m just so proud of her. It’s just a testament to how strong she is. Just a few days ago she took a couple of gun shots and now she’s able to sit up and talk to Oprah,” Detective Appler said.
Kim Munley is still in the Metroplex Hospital, recuperating from gunshot wounds and multiple surgeries.
“I’m doing well. Every day is progress for me and things are getting better day by day and emotionally, I’m just hoping the rest of the officers and the families of the deceased are healing as well,” Munley said.
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