Thank You to the Heroes of Fort Hood

Posted on November 13, 2009

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The First Officers to Respond to the Shooting – Sgts. Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd – are interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. Were it not for these brave heroes, the massacre at Fort Hood would have been much worse. Thank you.

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Heroes were at every turn during Fort Hood shootings

By CHRISTY HOPPE / The Dallas Morning News
choppe@dallasnews.com

FORT HOOD, Texas – From the first frantic 911 call that a shooter was rampaging through the Soldier Readiness Center on this sprawling Army base, it took police officer Kimberly Munley just four minutes to get there.

Munley heard shots and saw a rush of scared people, some wounded by gunfire, scrambling to get away.

Figuring that the shooter must be between buildings for medical and psychiatric services, she rounded the corner and saw him chasing after an already-wounded soldier. She fired twice.

“He turned to her and charged, firing rapidly. She returned fire and fell to the ground to help protect herself,” said Chuck Medley, director of Fort Hood’s emergency services.

Munley and the gunman hit each other simultaneously; she took shots in both legs and the wrist. Altogether, she fired four shots into his torso with her Beretta 9mm, dropping him to the ground and ending the worst mass shooting a U.S. military base has ever seen.

“She eliminated the threat. She did what she was trained to do,” Medley said. “She, in my mind, saved countless lives.”

Later, a military official said a second civilian officer, Mark Todd, also engaged the gunman.

Medley, who talked with Munley early Friday as she recovered, rightly identified the civilian officer as a hero. [more]

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