My Turn, Your Turn: Kimberly Munley gains national recognition

By Gary McNair - bio|email

The folks who work in our newsroom told me the phones were ringing off the hook after we reported the local connection to the Fort Hood shootings.

Everyone calling in wanted to talk about their friendship with Sergeant Kimberly Munley, the young lady from Carolina Beach who is credited with bringing a stop to the killings.

We heard from old colleagues at the Wrightsville beach police department.  We heard from teachers and faculty at Cape Fear Community College and Hoggard High School, and we heard from lifelong friends and family members including her mother and father.

Everyone who called had the same message - one of pride.  Kim Munley's story is one of bravery and honor, and we will never know how many lives she really saved.

Kim gives us a clue to how she faces life each day in her Twitter bio.  Mind you, this was written long before she knew she would become famous:  "I live a good life....a hard one, but I go to sleep peacefully @ night knowing that I may have made a difference in someone's life."

Talk about making a difference.  It doesn't't get any bigger than this.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Cards can be sent to Munley at:

C/O Kimberly Munley
Metroplex Hospital
2201 S. Clearcreek Rd.
Killeen, Texas 76549-4110

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Emailed responses from viewers:

Having grown up in Temple, near Ft. Hood, and being married to a man who served in the first Gulf War and ended his duty at Ft. Hood, I was horrified and heart broken that such a tragedy could happen right here in Texas. Sgt. Munley truly acted heroically and we will not forget her or her bravery. Our thoughts and prayers are still with all that were involved on November 5th. We need more people like Sgt. Munley who believe in what they do....YES, YOU Sgt. Munley DO make a difference!!


Thanks for your recognition of  the heroism of our local young lady at Ford Hood. Goodness knows how many lives she saved.  When I saw the news about her actions, I sent dozens of e-mails to my friends in California bragging about the fact that she's from a part of Wilmington. Their responses ranged from "WOW" to "Thank God for her."


I join the ranks of the many that are proud of Ms. Munley; however, I question the title "hero" that's been thrown around so liberally.  If she was doing her job - she was doing her job.  If she had been a baker or hair stylist, for instance, and had done the same thing, I think she would then qualify as "hero," because that would not have been what she was hired and trained to do.

She absolutely should be admired for her talent and her spunk, and God bless her for them both, but I'm not convinced that she should bear that title - she was doing her job

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