Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy, the first officer at the scene of the Aug. 5 Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings, was honored by Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin as a "community champion."
Murphy was one of six recipients of the award, which spotlights the "good deeds of everyday heroes in their communities," according to a news release.
Murphy was shot 15 times by gunman Wade Michael Page during the attack. Authorities say his actions prevented Page from leaving the scene and likely saved countless lives.
"Molina Healthcare is proud to honor Lt. Murphy and the Oak Creek Police Department," said Andy Bhugra, president of Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin. "His selfless actions are truly a source of inspiration in the face of such a violent attack. We wish him a fast recovery, and may we also remember the (six) members of the 400-person congregation who were killed at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple."
Each winner also received a $1,000 grant to give to a nonprofit organization. Murphy donated his grant to the temple shooting victims' fund.
On behalf of Murphy, Police Sgt. Dean Kleinhans accepted the award from Andy Bhugra, president of Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin and Sikh temple member.