Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The first two officers at the scene of the Sikh temple shooting were honored as "Hometown Heroes."
The state Assembly has honored Oak Creek police officers Brian Murphy and Sam Lenda, the first officers to arrive at the Sikh temple shooting scene Aug. 5. The officers were recognized Tuesday as "Hometown Heroes," according to Patch's media partners at WISN. Murphy was shot 12 times by gunman Wade Michael Page, while Lenda fired the shot that brought Page to the ground. Page then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Wisconsin State Journal reported the officers also praised the actions of first responders and citizens at the Boston Marathon bombing. "A lot of people run away. There's very few that run towards it. Those are the people who are cut from a special cloth," Lenda said, according to the newspaper.
Friday, February 22, 2013
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 …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A CBS Evening News story on the Aug. 5 shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin includes previously-unreleased video from an Oak Creek squad car.
The CBS Evening News aired the first television interview with Oak Creek police officers Brian Murphy and Sam Lenda Tuesday night and showed newly-released footage from the Aug. 5 attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. The new video shows the moments after Lenda shot gunman Wade Michael Page, who had just shot six temple members and wounded four others, including Murphy. "My thought was, 'If I can't shoot him, I'm gonna run him over, but he's not leaving this parking lot and he's not getting back inside the church," Lenda said. "He was on a mission. I say, I confronted evil in the parking lot. And evil was not gonna leave there." Murphy was the first officer to arrive at the scene and was shot 12 times, with three other shots hitting his …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The interview with officers widely considered heroes in the Aug. 5 shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin was originally scheduled to air last week.
The CBS Evening News will broadcast its interview with Oak Creek police officers Brian Murphy and Sam Lenda on Monday, Nov. 12, the city said on its Facebook page. A CBS reporter traveled to Oak Creek last month to interview the officers, widely considered heroes in the Aug. 5 Sikh temple shootings. Murphy was the first officer to encounter gunman Wade Michael Page and was shot 15 times, while Lenda fired the shots that sent Page to the ground. The interview was originally scheduled to air last week but was bumped due to Hurricane Sandy. The broadcast airs at 5:30 p.m. Central time.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Lt. Brian Murphy gave his first account of the Aug. 5 Sikh temple shootings to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday published the first interview with Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy, shot 15 times during the Aug. 5 Sikh temple attack. Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda, the second officer to respond, go into detail about the events that day and what was going through their mind as their encounter with gunman Wade Michael Page unfolded. In a separate story, the Journal Sentinel spoke with two doctors at Froedtert Hospital who worked on Murphy after he arrived. Michael Stadler, a head and neck surgeon, called the injury to Murphy's voicebox "the worst injury that I had seen." Murphy and Lenda were also scheduled to appear Monday night on the CBS Evening News (update: this interview has been delayed until at least …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Oak Creek police officers, widely regarded as heroes in the Aug. 5 Sikh temple shootings, will be interviewed on the CBS Evening News.
Oak Creek police officers Brian Murphy and Sam Lenda, widely regarded as heroes in the Sikh temple shootings, will make their first joint media appearance next week on the CBS Evening News. A CBS reporter is in Oak Creek this week for a story that will air during the 5:30 p.m. newscast Monday, Oct. 29, Mayor Steve Scaffidi said in this week's Mayor's Message. The officers will talk about their backgrounds, their training prior to the attack and walk through what happened the morning of Aug. 5. Murphy was the first officer to respond to the temple and encountered the gunman, Wade Michael Page, in the parking lot. Page fired 15 times at Murphy before Lenda, the next officer on scene, fired a shot that hit Page in the stomach and sent him to …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The organization tapped Sam Lenda and Brian Murphy to drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the Admirals' home opener Friday.
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Friday, October 19, 2012
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 …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Video shows Wade Michael Page firing at Lt. Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda before Lenda shoots Page with a squad rifle.
Newly-released video from Oak Creek squad cars provide the clearest picture to date about what happened after officers responded to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Aug. 5. Officials at a Monday news conference said the footage shows how the first officers at the scene likely saved lives by arriving quickly and providing a "textbook" response after years of training for an active shooter. The video shows Police Lt. Brian Murphy arriving to aid two victims in the parking lot, not yet aware that gunman Wade Michael Page is still inside. Murphy then sees Page walk out to the parking lot, orders him to drop his weapon, and falls to the ground after absorbing a bullet to the throat. Page then jogs toward Murphy and begins firing round after …
Officer Savan "Sam" Lenda fired the shots that sent gunman Wade Michael Page to the ground on Aug. 5 outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
Sam Lenda was the second Oak Creek police officer to arrive at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Aug. 5, the morning when Wade Michael Page opened fire and killed six people and wounded four others. Lenda delivered a shot from about 60 yards away that hit Page in the stomach, sending him to the ground. Page then turned the gun on himself. Video from the squad cars of Lenda and Lt. Brian Murphy, the first responding officer who was badly injured in the attack, were released Sept. 10. Lenda discussed the video and his actions during a news conference at the Oak Creek police station. Click here for more Patch coverage on the release of the video, and click here for more on Murphy, who police now say was shot 15 times, not eight or nine as first…
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Video will be released at Monday afternoon news conference. Officer Sam Lenda, who fired shot that downed Sikh temple gunman, will also speak.
UPDATE: Here is the video. Oak Creek police will release dash cam footage taken during the response to the Aug. 5 Sikh temple shootings at a 2 p.m. news conference Monday. Those who have seen the video say it's incredible footage that will only heighten the respect for the first responders on that day. Officer Sam Lenda, who fired the shot that sent Wade Michael Page to the ground, will make his first public comments at the news conference. After he was shot by Lenda, Page killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Page killed six people and wounded four others, including police Lt. Brian Murphy, during the attack. Police Chief John Edwards, Mayor Steve Scaffidi, District Attorney John Chisholm and U.S. Attorney James Sanetelle …