Munley in good spirits; preparing for State of Union honor

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) - After a meeting with her hometown congressman and a private reception at the White House, Sgt. Kim Munley will take the spotlight for a brief moment Wednesday in Washington D.C. as part of President Obama's State of the Union speech.

Munley is one of two people credited with stopping the shooter at Ft. Hood last year, who went on a shooting spree that resulted in thirteen deaths and countless injuries.  Munley, a Carolina Beach native, sustained several gunshot wounds and has been recovering ever since.  She recently underwent knee replacement surgery -- a procedure that may end her career as an active police officer.  Munley and Sgt. Mark Todd will be recognized in the State of the Union speech.

WECT anchor Jon Evans and WECT photojournalist Justin West spent part of the day with Munley and her father, former Carolina Beach Mayor Dennis Barbour.  Evans reports that Munley is in very good spirits as she prepares for her recognition Wednesday.

Munley told Evans that she is still kind of amazed at what has been happening and she's still very concerned about the other officers who witnessed the attack.

Munley is getting by with the use of a wheelchair since her surgery.  She can put some weight on her knee, but needs to keep it elevated much of the time.

Munley is not allowed to talk much about the attack, specifically she is not supposed to offer opinions of the shooter and what happened that day.

After an evening reception at the White House Wednesday, Munley will be taken to the Capitol Building for the speech.  Her father will accompany her to the capitol for the president's address.

Join WECT at 5:30pm and 6pm for reports from Washington, D.C. with Evans and West.

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