Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Murphy, who survived 15 gunshots during the Aug. 5 attack on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, submitted his retirement letter, according to a report.
Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, who survived 12 gunshots during the Aug. 5 Sikh temple attack, will retire from the Oak Creek Police Department, according to Patch's media partners at WISN 12 News. Murphy submitted his retirement letter to Police Chief John Edwards Wednesday morning, according to the report. The retirement is effective June 12. Murphy has been on leave from the department since the shooting. He suffered serious injuries to his throat, thumb and leg, among other areas. He told Patch in a December interview that his wounds generally have healed as much as they ever will. His actions that day drew attention around the world—he helped stop gunman Wade Michael Page's assault on the temple, then waived officers off and told …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Wade Michael Page used the Internet to become increasingly radical prior to his Aug. 5 attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, according to a report.
An unsealed FBI search warrant has shed new light on temple shooter Wade Michael Page's activity prior to the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. According to a Journal Sentinel report, Page used the Internet to grow increasingly radical in his white supremacist views, becoming heavily interested in conspiracy theories and videos. It's unclear from the documents exactly what he was looking at, the newspaper reported, but his girlfriend was "disturbed" by his Internet activity prior to the end of their relationship in June 2012. The FBI search warrant says the Internet "continues to serve as the primary radicalization instrument, used to recruit teenagers and young adults into the radical skinhead movement," …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The eight officers who responded to the Sikh temple shooting were among the honorees at a White House ceremony Saturday morning.
The eight Oak Creek police officers working the morning shift of Aug. 5, when a gunman attacked the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and killed six of its members, were honored at a White House ceremony Saturday morning. Brian Murphy, Sam Lenda, John Finco, Julie Grauberger, Dean Kleinhans, Michael Schultz, Derick Slamka and Kelly Romel were among the recipients of the TOP COPS award, presented by the National Association of Police Organizations, according to a Journal Sentinel report. The newspaper reported they met personally with President Barack Obama following the ceremony. Remarking on the actions of Murphy, the president said: When a gunman opened fire on a temple in Wisconsin and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Lt. Brian Murphy and seven others who responded to temple shooting to receive "Top Cop" honor from national organization.
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Wednesday, May 8
The eight Oak Creek poice officers who responded to the Sikh temple shooting in August will be honored in Washington, D.C. this weekend. The eight — including injured police Lt. Brian Murphy — will receive the "Top Cop" award from the National Association of Police Organizations, Patch's partners at WISN 12 News report. More on this story from WISN 12 News
Sunday, May 5, 2013
A garden planted in honor of Sikh temple shooting victims got bigger Saturday in an event that included police Lt. Brian Murphy.
A prairie garden in front of Oak Creek High School—constructed last year to honor Sikh temple shooting victims and promote unity and tolerance in the community—got a little bigger over the weekend. The school expanded the garden Saturday in an event that also honored police Lt. Brian Murphy, the first police officer at the scene of the Aug. 5 shooting who survived more than a dozen gunshots. The idea for the garden came from a meeting of school officials and Sikh temple members about how to promote tolerance and diversity in schools. Dave Timmer, a social worker in the school district who helped organize the plantings, said the many different flowers and grasses that make up a prairie garden symbolizes the diversity in the world. RELATED …
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.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
President Barack Obama noted Lt. Brian Murphy's bravery in responding to the Sikh temple shooting and surviving 12 bullets.
President Barack Obama singled out Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy in his State of the Union address Tuesday, honoring his bravery in responding to the Aug. 5 Sikh temple shooting. "We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy," Obama said. "When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Brian was the first to arrive and he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the fellow Americans worshiping inside, even as he lay bleeding from 12 bullet wounds. "And when asked how he did that, Brian said, 'That's just the way we're made.'" Obama's remarks came at the tail end of the speech as he pushed for gun reform measures. Murphy, …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Lt. Brian Murphy, the Oak Creek police officer shot 12 times during the Sikh Temple shooting, was invited by Michelle Obama to attend the State of The Union Address.
Lt. Brian Murphy, the Oak Creek police officer shot during the mass shooting at the Sikh temple in August, will flank Michelle Obama during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Murphy told Patch's new media partners at WISN-TV that he and his wife almost turned down the trip, but now that it's happening, it feels like a dream. "With my background, you wouldn't think in a million years, yeah, when I'm 50 I'm gonna go see the White House and sit in a box and all those things. That just don't happen," Murphy said. During his speech, Obama is expected to focus on the need for tighter restrictions on guns, according to Whitehouse.gov. Murphy said he understands the political aspect given the nationwide debate over …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Valarie Kaur's nine-minute short film presents an intimate portrait of the Sikh community in the 45 days afterward.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Six months after the Sikh Temple shooting, leaders ask Sikhs across the nation to pray for the victims' families and ask lawmakers to pass tougher gun control laws.
A Sikh leader is calling on members of the Sikh religion across the nation to pressure lawmakers to pass tougher gun control laws. Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), called for a day of prayer on Sunday, and asked all Sikhs to contact their elected officials and speak out against gun violence, according to a story on SikhSiyasat.net. Tuesday will mark the six-month anniversary of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek where six members were killed and four others were wounded on Aug. 5. "During the service, we also request the Gurdwaras to stress the importance of Sikh community members to speak out and to ask congregants to contact their representatives to support gun control …