Oak Creek officers honored, Lieutenant Murphy to retire

CREATED May 12, 2013

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WASHINGTON - The first eight Oak Creek police officers who responded to the Sikh Temple shootings received Top Cop awards Sunday night from the National Association of Police Organizations.

At that event, Lt. Brian Murphy told TODAY’S TMJ4 he plans to retire soon.

“That’s probably the plan,” Murphy said.  “It’s in the works right now.  Just because of the disabilities, I wouldn’t be able to continue in a fruitful career.  So, I think the time’s come.  I had a very long and successful career and I’m happy that I’ll end on high note.”

Murphy has not returned to active duty since he was wounded by the gunfire last August.  He said he may pursue teaching.

This weekend, President Obama praised Murphy during a ceremony for Top Cop award recipients at the White House.  The president previously publicly recognized Murphy in his State of the Union address.

“To meet the president a second time and have him mention your name, I wouldn’t have believed it nine months ago,” Murphy told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.

Murphy delivered brief remarks from the podium Sunday with his fellow officers at his side.  Among them, Officer Sam Lenda.  Lenda is credited with firing shots that put the temple shooter down.

“I’m very honored,” Lenda said.  “I’m honored because I’m able to stand here with my fellow officers from what happened on that day.”

The other officers honored are John Finco, Julie Grauberger, Dean Kleinhans, Sam Lenda, Michael Schultz, Derick Slamka and Kelly Romel.