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Officers Win Oak Creek Citizen of the Year Award

Brian Murphy and Sam Lenda, the first officers on the scene of the mass shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh temple, are the 2013 co-Oak Creek Citizens of the Year.

The first two officers on the scene of the Sikh temple shooting have been named the 2013 co-Oak Creek Citizens of the Year.

Lt. Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda were chosen by past recipients of the award and will be honored at a May 17 dinner at the Oak Creek Community Center.

"Brian and Sam have been chosen for this special annual award because of their exemplary dedication and service to the community of Oak Creek and their brave and heroic actions at the Sikh temple on August 5th, 2012," according to an event flier.

Murphy was shot 12 times during the attack, which ended when Lenda downed the gunman with a rifle shot.

Murphy has not returned to the department since the attack as he continues his recovery. He was honored earlier this month during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Lenda has also been honored several times since the attack. He discussed his actions during a press conference Sept. 10.

Elana Ackley February 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Sam was the best officer ever when I was growing up. He is an awesome person and a good friend too. Way to go Sam.... you are a hero in so many ways!!!!...Thanks for being who you are. Elana
Mr.Ed February 23, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Congratulations guys, line of duty or not, you deserve it. Thank you.
rodbuster rich March 03, 2013 at 07:52 PM
great job guys for your "WIN." You guys sure did EARN it.

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