In her first public statement, Kimberly Munley says she's "very concerned with the well-being and safety" of other rampage victims

By Michael Y. Park
November 09, 2009 03:25 PM
Credit: AP

While recovering from three gunshot wounds, Sgt. Kimberly Munley issued her first public statement Monday since the Fort Hood rampage, returning the gratitude that Americans have showered on her.

“Kimberly Munley and family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation for all of the thoughts and concerns surrounding Kim from around the nation,” reads the statement, issued through her hospital. “They are deeply touched by the outpouring of strength, thoughts and prayers that have been sent their way. At this time, the main concern for Kim’s family is her safe and rapid recovery.”

Munley, 34, underwent her second surgery at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, Texas, and “is currently in good condition,” the statement says.

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“The family would also like to extend their heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the tragedy on Fort Hood,” adds the statement. “Mrs. Munley is very concerned with the well-being and safety of all involved and is hopeful that all injured will make a speedy recovery.”

Cards and prayers can be sent via the hospital’s Web site.

On the day of the Ft. Hood shootings, Munley cut short a trip to a garage to have her car fixed when news of a gunman at the Texas Army base came over the radio. The veteran sergeant sped to the scene within five minutes of the first report, pulled out her handgun, and fired at alleged shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was finally incapacitated under the volley of bullets from Munley and her partner. She was shot twice in the leg and once in the wrist.

Munley, a member of the SWAT team for the civilian police department at Fort Hood, is a Tar Heel, graduating from high school in Wilmington, N.C., before becoming a cop in the beachside town of Wrightsville, N.C., despite her petite height of 5-feet 4-inches.

“She’s a ball of fire,” Munley’s onetime partner, Wrightsville, N.C., police inspector Shaun Appler tells The New York Times. “She’s a real good cop.”

She joined the Fort Hood civilian police force in January 2008, but is in the process of moving to North Carolina, where her husband, a Special Forces soldier, has been reassigned. The couple have two children.

Comfortable with firearms since she was a child, Munley had hobbies that reflected her upbringing in the South and her teenage years near the beach: She loved to hunt, as well as surf. Neighbors and friends describe her as honest, friendly and fearless – she once took down a burglar in her neighborhood.