Sikh Temple survivor is grateful to be alive

CREATED May 4, 2013

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OAK CREEK, Wis. - Nine months after Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy was critically wounded while responding to the Sikh Temple shooting, he is an example of a healing community.

     "It's a miracle, and it's not lost on me whatsoever," said Murphy.

There isn't a day that goes by that Lt. Murphy doesn't realize how lucky he is to be alive.  He was shot 17 times on a day when seven others were killed, including the gunman.

     "I think I'm at a plateau in my healing, but I feel very good considering tomorrow will be nine months."

Murphy helped members of the Sikh community, Oak Creek residents and high school students expand the school's diversity garden Saturday.  He sees it as a sign of progress and healing for the community.  The Prairie Garden was planted last September, a month after the shooting as a tribute to the victims and to promote diversity.