Officers involved in temple shooting honored

CREATED Apr 16, 2013

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  • Oak Creek Police officer Sam Lenda. He fired the shot that took down the temple gunman.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The two Oak Creek police officers who responded to the deadly shooting at a Sikh Temple there last year are praising the actions of regular people who tended to the injured following bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Lt. Brian Murphy and officer Sam Lenda were recognized Tuesday as "Hometown Heroes" by the Wisconsin state Assembly.

Murphy was shot multiple times by a gunman who killed six worshippers at the temple. The shooter took his own life after Lenda shot him.

Murphy says the response of average citizens following the Boston Marathon bombings "shows once more what the American people are made of."

Murphy spoke in a hushed whisper to the Assembly. His vocal cords were severely damaged after being shot.