GAITHERSBURG — City Council hopeful Jim McNulty says his commitment to public service began after the Montgomery County Police saved his life in 2010.
A longtime media producer, McNulty was working at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring when he and two others were taken hostage at gunpoint. The hostage-taker, John Jay Lee, was eventually fatally shot by the SWAT team.
"That brush with my mortality gave me a newfound perspective on what is truly important in life," McNulty said. He subsequently founded The Upper Room, a support group for veterans and victims of violent crime who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. He joined Gaithersburg's Olde Towne Advisory Subcommittee and was elected president of the Saybrooke Homeowner's Association.