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Carolina Beach native Kim Munley credited with stopping Ft. Hood shooting

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The carnage might have been even worse at Fort Hood, had it not been for civilian police officer Kim Munley. Upon arriving at the scene, she saw Hasan and started firing. Munley's boss said Hasan spun and charged her with a gun in each hand, but Munley was able to stop him with a shot to the torso. She was wounded as well. Who is this woman? It turns out she's one of ours. Linda Barbour found out about her daughter, Kim Munley's involvement in what happened at Fort Hood Thursday after her own mother saw a story about the shootings on WWAY. But it wasn't until early Friday morning that Barbour got to talk to Kim. "Emotional. Very much like what I'm feeling right at the moment. I am thankful that she was alive and that she would get well,” said Barbour. All of 5’ 3”; friends and coworkers said Munley packed the courage and bravery of a lion. Wrightsville Beach police Chief John Carey said, "She was a very small in stature officer, but she was very brave." "Kim acted very courageous, and she is a fine example of a law enforcement officer and the country should be proud to have law enforcement officers like her on duty," added Detective Shaun Appler. Munley and Shaun Appler started with the Wrightsville Beach Police Department in 2000, and worked side by side for two years. Appler said Munley was always there when he needed her. He remembers a time she came to his rescue, just in the nick of time. "Together, with her help, we were able to subdue the suspect. After the fight was over, realized that my gun was actually on my back, and the suspect was going for my gun. I have to give Kim a lot of credit, she probably saved my life that night," he said. A Hoggard High grad, Munley got her basic law enforcement training at Cape Fear Community College. After two years with Wrightsville Beach, she became a guard at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Born and raised in Carolina Beach, her family is still a big part of the Cape Fear region. Her dad, Dennis Barbour, used to be mayor of Carolina Beach, and owns and operates True Value Island Tackle. Her mom works for the Cape Fear chapter of the American Red Cross, which helped her get in touch with Kim after the shooting. Munley's friends and family are proud of their hometown hero. Now their priority is making sure she recovers, after the tragic events at fort hood. "She is an everyday hero, and she's my daughter. I am very, very proud of her," Barbour said. Kim Munley's mom, Linda Barbour told WWAY she was able to speak with her daughter late Thursday night. Right now, Munley's father is on his way to Texas. Munley is in stable condition at a hospital in the Fort Hood area.

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Her responding to the incident....

...was her doing her job. She is a trained law enforcement officer, and returning fire while under fire is what she is trained for and is expected of her. She did her job well, but she is not a hero and likely doesn't think of herself as one. People who DO this sort of work rarely think of themselves as someone special. As The U.S. Air pilot who ditched in the Hudson River said, when people started calling him a hero, "I was just doing the job I trained for, and continually train for." Plus, both he and this officer were, in the truest sense of the word, saving their on lives along with others. Now I fully admit that the first time under fire is terrifying (the second and third aren't much better), so she did great...but a hearty "Well done" is more fitting than being praised as a hero. It dillutes the value of the word and pretty soon everyone is a hero.

Her responding to the incident....

Obviously you do not know what a hero is. A real hero is the person simply doing their job that goes that one step beyond, which clearly this officer did. In my 20 years in the Navy I knew many people that were hero's but would not even consider themselves that way.

I disagree with your common statement, "Common..."

With your usual condescending and demeaning attitude towards others, you again attempt to belittle and bemoan another great human effort. We all understand that this is how you support your self-serving, greater than thou, narcissitic personality needs. The value of the word "HERO" has been diluted for many years, for naming people such as O.J. Simpson as a "fallen football hero" and Michael Jackson as a music "HERO" even though he preferred little boys. This is where dilution has occurred, just because a little talent was provided to the public...nothing at all heroic about any of them. This little gal stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park, just as well as the U.S. Air pilot did. I doubt they want to be recognized as heros as they did the best they could with the resources at hand at that given time. They kept their cool, didn't panic and saved a lot of lives! a HERO! I don't care who you are or where you're from! Oh...and the way, Superman, The Invisible Man and Wonderwoman were superheros, but remember, in comic book fashion only.....right?

Okay, so you disagree with me

So what? Let me give you some examples of what I consider true heroes.... Richard Krauss, USMC. Went above and beyond - threw himself on a grenade to protect his platoon mates. Obviously not his job. Mike Evans, an electrician from Oklahoma. Dove into freezing water to swim out and save an elderly man who had driven his car into a pond. Obviously not his job. Michael Keenan of San Francisco, an artist who ran into a burning building to rescue a dog and was seriously burned while doing it. Obviously not his job. Years earlier he dove into San Francisco bay and rescued a woman whose husband had driven into the bay. Not his job then, either. Do we see a trend here? Risking their life when it ISN'T expected? When it ISN'T their sworn duty? When they could, with a clear conscience, walk away from the situation or just stand by and watch because it's just too dangerous? Pal, I've been there. I've been called a "hero" when I was simply doing my job and saving my own butt. It's embarrassing. You can accuse me of any IMAGINARY crime you wish, but I said that she did a great job and deserved a hearty "well done," didn't I? Yes, I did. So much for demeaning and condescending.

I suppose we all have our opinions...

I'm not going to beat a dead horse here, my opinion is stated as well as your's "Common...". We've all seen and read your posts claiming that you've not only done everything there is to do, but have done it bigger, done it better, done it louder and done it prouder. You have overcome the challenges of education, welfare and societal sandbagging. I'm surprised that you didn't tell us you were all of the "Hero's" you mention above ten times over, sort of like a "Forrest Gump". These folks you mention above are heros as well and maybe you're in that category somewhere in your fantasies. The fact is...I'm personally extremely proud of officer Munley and her innate "civilian" ability to run to the rescue of US Army personnel under direct fire by one of their own while on the largest US Army installation in the United States. She is a civilan police officer, not an MP.

Beating a dead horse

Guest461 that is exactly what you are doing and I wouldn't waste anymore of your time. People like Common are unhappy and no matter what he says, he is judgemental and opinionated to make himself feel better.

What a hoot!

I think it's pretty funny that while I was only one of several folks who stated that the officer was doing her job, the anti-Common crowd decides to play armchair psychoanalyst. I should pay you guys for all the attention. Judgmental? What did I say about her other than she did a great job and deserves a hearty "well-done?" Is saying that a BAD thing? Unhappy? Impossible! You guys make my day, every day! But yes, on other postings I'm judgmental simply because there are SOOOOO many people on this website trying to justify idiotic, self-destructive behavior... ...and I'm opinionated because when you analyze ALL the facts, my opinions are usually spot-on logical. N.B......LOGICAL, not politically correct, not what's in vogue right now, and not gushy-emotional. You guys have just GOT to get over the spankings you got in the past!

..and your two posts clearly indicate...

..that I could say fire is hot and you'd take issue with it. Half of both your posts clearly indicate that your main problem has nothing to do with my definition of "hero." You are obviously driven to distraction by my views regarding individual responsibility and self reliance. Always happy to tick off you sob-sister enablers who find life such a challenge... ...I only hope that you'll enjoyed a life half as interesting and rewarding as mine has been so far.

As expected, you display your classic form....

"Common...", you couldn't have made my points any clearer...... Thank you!

The fighting Sgt.

Running at the muzzle of a 9mm pistol shooting at you! Not a hero? The Sgt; did not give her self that title, the press did, I for one will second that discription. The sound of a 9mm you are fireing, with ear protection, muzzle pointed away! That's loud. A 9mm pointing at you, watching the muzzle flash from the front! The bang of the disscharge, aimed at you, bullets striking you, and still engaing a mad man! Front sight press! Incredible.

Yep! She did great...

....she did exactly what she was supposed to do. For those of you who don't think the word "hero" is overused, did you catch Obama's speech from Fort Hood? According to him, the victims who were shot are all heroes too! Now, it's highly likely that some of them were attempting truly heroic acts while they were shot, but others were simply standing in line or sitting at their desk. One guy described being shot in the butt. (Not exactly "charging to the sound of the guns,"...but he was unarmed and no one can fault him for heading for the hills.) But the word "hero" is being bestowed upon everyone? Getting shot made them heroes? Do we know what a true hero is any more?

The word "hero" gets thrown

The word "hero" gets thrown around much too loosely, but in this case it truly does apply.

I've always said that

I've always said that Carolina Beach girls were tough. Great work, Kim, you're truly a hero and we appreciate you.

Kim Munley

Being a mother, I can feel the pride your parents are feeling now, along with the sense of relief, you are alive and will recover. Working directly with law enforcement officers, that is a great fear as a 911 operator to hear those words, "Officer Down". So Many people were impacted with your willingness to put your life on the line to save others along with your partner. I commend you and as an American Citizen, also a North Carolinian. We in NC are very proud of you. My prayers go out to you and the victims who were injured or killed.

Thanks Munley

Way to go girl! You should have had one more well-placed shot.

Go Vikings!

In true Viking and Cape Fear Spirit! Thanks Kimmy! You're our hero!

Home Girl.!!

President Obama is saying do not "rush to judgement" on the Muslim murderer on why he did it....I seem to recall he once called the police "stupid" before he got the facts.Any how I am proud of this girl,one of us.She ranks up there with Sully

Thank you Kim

Too many times we set others up as heroes - celebrities, athletes, etc. but people like Kim are real heroes. Those that put their lives on the line for others - that is a hero. I don't know Kim and her family, but to all of you - you have been blessed with a young lady that is not only serving her country, but is willing to spare her life for others. Thank you and God bless you!!!!!!!!


Wade Griffis... a tacky attempt to piggy back on a heroes endeavors. Let the public show their gratitude to this Hero without your views on the conflicts abroad. You just had to have your Kayne West moment.. shame on you wade.


Guest average Joe: You missed my whole point. I did do a poor job of trying to illustrate it. I was trying to say that since many heros are women, we should get rid of the archaic term "heroine." This woman is a hero. I honor and totally support her. By the way, I use my real name and everybody in downtown knows where to find me. What about you? Never mind. This is about a heroic woman who saved lives!

Heroes come in all sizes and gender! We love you Kim!

She is awesome! My family is praying for her and everyone else to make full recovery. It will be an honor for us to see her at the White House soon to receive her due thanks from the American People. I just hope that our man-child President isnt holding his nose as he describes her heroic acts. I only wish that a real Commander in Chief could commend her.

@ Mike - Yes it would be

@ Mike - Yes it would be quite an honor to see her at the White House with our President Barack Obama. BTW we had something called an election exactly a year ago and McCain lost big time - get over it already! P.S. Please respect the solemness of this occassion by not behaving like a perverted teenager.

The Instant Protection and Serving Officer Munley!!

Unlike cops who hide behind cruisers in bulletproof vests and 'analyze' from afar as people die, this young woman is like a mother bear sensing trouble and fiercely quickly find the problem and then immediately assaults the problem with all her available means and might - She does not wait, She does not take cover, She instantly Serves and completely Protects. THIS is a true Police Officer, Officer Munley. An Outstanding Heroine.

You don't think she wears a

You don't think she wears a bullet proof vest or drives a crusier? This is not the place to bash law enforcement as a whole. This is a place for us to honor and thank this hero, who (thank God)was in the right place at the right time.

great message board

I think wway would make a great massage board for this young lady to see, from her bed in the hospital room how people from her home town think about what she has done. I for one would like to say thank you for all you have done. And God bless you and wish you a speedy recovery. Thank you Kim Munley for being who you are. one of your home town fans

Thanks Kim!

Kim - I have a colleague in my department with a brother at Ft. Hood. Thanks for your quick response. I was not a bit suprised when I got the call this morning that you were the one who stopped the gunman. Thanks and best wishes. KG


To Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Barbour ,thank you for giving the world the gift of your daughter. I am so proud of this lady 's service to our nation.I pray for a speedy recovery !


To Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Barbour ,thank you for giving the world the gift of your daughter. I am so proud of this lady 's service to our nation.I pray for a speedy recovery !

An American Heroine

Kim Munley, I do not know you but you are an American heroine ! May God Bless You and your family. Your courage was unbelievable and you deserve all the praise . I am proud to call you one of us ! Your name will be etched in our memories forever , as one of New Hanover County's greatest citizens !

American Hero!

I agree with everything radar said, except one. I think it is time we stopped using gender refrences in these cases. We have lost over 100 heroic women in our sensless attempt to turn the Middle East into a Democracy. We have hundreds of these women come back from over there maimed for life- just like the thousands of young men who have suffered the same fate. I am not suggesting that we omit their gender from reports. Of course, they are one or the other. What I am suggesting as that this woman is a HERO.