RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Even though the military paused to reflect on the lives lost, authorities are still actively investigating the crimes, hoping to learn what went wrong. One courageous civilian police officer ran into the line of fire, without waiting for back-up. That decision probably saved lives and it was a move made in direct result to the tragedy at Virginia Tech.
In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, institutions across America reviewed what happened in Blacksburg and made changes accordingly. One of the groups that tweaked their emergency policy was the special response team at Fort Hood, Texas.
The key change they made? When a gunmen starts taking shots, don't wait for back-up- go in right away. Something police officer Sgt. Kimberly Munley did immediately.
"I was not surprised at all. She is trained to do exactly what she did and she did it well," said US Army Sgt. Major Marticia Williams.
Munley risked her own life and was seriously injured. But her acting on the new policy that came directly from the Tech handbook saved countless lives.
"She has a family, she has a husband, she has a child and she wasn't thinking about anything except doing the right thing," said Nicola Wilson, Munley's neighbor.
The concept of moving in without back-up only works when the right people are in place. Fort Hood officials claim that the reason it was successful in this instance, was because Sgt. Munley was a skilled police officer.