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 …
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.
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 …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Lt. Brian Murphy, shot 12 times during the Sikh temple attack, talked to Mike Gousha about attending the State of the Union and whether he was happy about how he was portrayed.
Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy was nervous about how he would be portrayed during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, but he said in an interview with WISN it turned out to be "what I had hoped for." Murphy appeared Sunday morning on UpFront with Mike Gousha, just days after he sat in the First Lady's box during the State of the Union and was singled out by Obama for his bravery responding to the Sikh temple shooting. Murphy told Gousha many people said he would be used as a "pawn" as Obama pushes a comprehensive package of gun reform proposals. But he wasn't as convinced, and in fact, gets upset at the suggestion. "People who have portrayed me as a pawn miss the point," Murphy said. "When the President of the United …
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, …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Murphy received an overwhelming number of nominations from Sikhs around the world.
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Tuesday, January 1
Sikhs worldwide and a panel of four judges have selected Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy as the "Chic Sikh of the Year." This annual honor, announced every New Year's Day by SikhChic.com, an online daily art and culture magazine, is the result of a two-month long poll. Murphy, 51, received an overwhelming number of nominations from Sikhs worldwide. A Brooklyn, NY native, former U.S. Marine and a 21-year veteran with the Oak Creek Police Department, Murphy was the first responder to arrive at the scene after a white supremacist gunman opened fire inside the Oak Creek gurdwara, killing six Sikh-Americans there for the prayer service. Murphy confronted Wade Michael Page, who riddled him with 15 bullets before killing himself. Murphy …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Murphy made headlines around the world when he survived 12 gunshot wounds and helped end an attack at the Oak Creek Sikh temple.
Most days, Brian Murphy feels about a 4 on a 10-point scale. He had another surgery on his throat, where the first bullet hit, about a month ago. Unfortunately, "it didn't take," Murphy said, so surgeons will try more procedures in January to relieve some of the pain and further repair his vocal cords. His thumb still isn't great. Wade Michael Page shot him there soon after he hit him in the throat, knocking Murphy's gun out of his hand in the process. The end of the thumb has often been problematic in the last four months. "There's always something with the thumb," Murphy said. A bullet that hit him in the left leg causes issues that come and go. But of all of the major injuries he suffered in the Sikh temple parking lot on Aug. 5, when …
Police Lt. Brian Murphy, wounded in the attack at the Sikh temple, gave his thoughts about the Newtown school shooting.
Editor's Note: Lt. Brian Murphy spoke to Patch after he was named Oak Creek Person of the Year. See that story here. Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, shot 12 times during the attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, was with his wife when he heard about the school shooting in Newtown, CT that left 26 dead, including 20 children. His wife, as much as anyone, could relate to what parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School students went through in those first minutes and hours: knowing that something terrible has happened and trying to figure out exactly what is going on. Murphy, meanwhile, has some idea of what first responders are dealing with: recovering from entering a gruesome scene at Sandy Hook and notifying parents of the deaths of …
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 …