Tribute to man from Oak Creek Police Department

CREATED Jun 14, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun 14, 2013

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A moving tribute to a man who's come to symbolize strength and courage. With a final salute, Lt. Brian Murphy retired from the oak creek police force Friday.

Lt. Murphy told jokes and shared stories of his early days on the force. And even though this chapter has ended, his story isn't over.

Lt. Brian Murphy: "It's time to move on to something else, but I have a lot of great memories here and I'll never forget that."

Lt. Murphy was the first to arrive on scene at the Sikh Temple last summer and was shot 17 times by gunman Wade Page. Six people died, including Temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka.

Lt. Brian Murphy: "When someone says 'Oh, you're the hero.' I think no. Mr. Kaleka who was the President who tried to stop him, he was the hero."

Kaleka's son, Pardeep, was on hand along with other Temple members to show their support.
Pardeep Kaleka: "I hope for him it's a new chapter of his life. I hope August 5th doesn't define everything he does…but a moment can definitely cement what you're made of."

And Lt. Murphy is made of some strong stuff.

Lt. Brian Murphy: "Ten months ago, I couldn't do anything. And now ten months later, I can stand and I can talk."

Perhaps Murphy will be remembered most for his bravery that August day. But in 22 years on the force, Murphy has received numerous awards for the work he does every day. A man of honor, with a message just as meaningful.

Lt. Brian Murphy: "Always be good about things and always be nice to people because it comes around. It just does. I can guarantee you that."

The Police Chief has submitted Lt. Murphy for the Congressional Medal of Bravery.  Meanwhile, LT. Murphy starts a new job on Monday with the company that makes the bullet proof vest that saved his life.