Admirals Honor Oak Creek Police Officers

The organization tapped Sam Lenda and Brian Murphy to drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the Admirals' home opener Friday.

Oak Creek police officers Sam Lenda and Brian Murphy, two heroes in the Aug. 5 Sikh temple shootings, were set to be honored in a ceremony before the Milwaukee Admirals' home opener Friday.

Lenda and Murphy were scheduled to drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the 7 p.m. game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The pair was also to be recognized during the second period.

"It will be an honor to welcome Lt. Murphy and Officer Lenda to our home opener," Admirals owner Harris Turer said in a news release. "These two gentlemen bravely risked their lives to save others with total disregard for their own safety. In addition, we want to recognize the heroic actions of all law enforcement personnel from around the state of Wisconsin who work tirelessly to protect us."

Murphy was the first officer to arrive at the scene and was shot 15 times by gunman Wade Michael Page. Lenda arrived next and fired a shot that hit Page in the stomach and sent him to the ground. Page then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Authorities have said the officers' quick response and actions prevented Page from continuing his shooting spree and saved lives.


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