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Officer Who Survived Sikh Temple Shooting Retires

May 16, 2013  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file
The Oak Creek (Wis.) Police officer who was hit by 12 rounds during the Sikh Temple shooting was forced to retire, after doctors wouldn't clear him to return to police work.

Lt. Brian Murphy, 52, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that doctors told him he hadn't healed enough to return to work. He still has physical issues with his left thumb and has no feeling in his right forearm and one leg. His voice is raspy because of a wound to his throat.

Lt. Murphy was the first officer on the scene, after Wade Michael Page opened fire on Aug. 5, killing six Sikh worshipers. A second Oak Creek PD officer, Sam Lenda, shot and killed Page to end the rampage.

Murphy's 22-year law enforcement career will end June 12.

Tags: Retired Officers, Trauma Care, Oak Creek (Wis.) PD, Sikh Temple Shooting


Comments (10)

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David Phillips @ 5/16/2013 3:58 PM

Prayers for healing.
Hope 22 years is enough for a full retirement.
You earned it. 👮

Doug M. @ 5/16/2013 4:03 PM

You served with honor Lt., and your community owes you. It's a shame that you now have these physical impediments, but you still have a lot of life to enjoy, and I hope you do so for a long time.

Russ Saunders @ 5/16/2013 4:34 PM

A true hero in every sense of the word. Just the fact that he was injured so badly and still wants to be back on the streets helping those in need proves the merit of this man. We need more people like him in this profession. I am truly sorry to see him go.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/16/2013 6:10 PM

Well said Russ.

Debbie @ 5/17/2013 5:53 AM

Although physically he maynot be on the front lines, he is a true Warrior. Too often officers survive an OIS or other life threatening incident, however don't survive the aftermath. It is heartbreaking to see a Warrior who risked everything unable to return to full duty, and have what may be the core at who he is taken from him. However, with the support of friends, peers and the LE Community we can keep him in the fight and put him on the front lines to train other Warriors.

Arby @ 5/17/2013 7:03 AM

Don't get out Lt. Murphy! I agree with Russ above, we still need you. Academy recruits need your experience and drive. In-service training needs you to remind officers "not today." You still have a lot to give that will always be badly needed. I can see you doing well on speaking tours at seminars and training classes around the country. Believe me, seeing the "light come on" in an officer or a recruit is a great feeling - perhaps you've already experienced it. Remember the people you saved and what they have the chance to do now that they could have lost, or what their kids will have the chance to do because their parent is still there to guide them, or even create them in the first place in some instances. You will probably never know the full measure of the good you did on that day - but God knows it all. Even so, you still have a lot to contribute. God bless you and yours and a sincere thanks for your service!

Bman @ 5/17/2013 9:08 AM

Good luck with your future endeavors Lieutenant. I hope your healing may continue and that can achieve more quality of life. You spent 22 years on the streets and you've experienced an event many officers are likely to never see. For that, you should be proud of your sacrifice and pass on your knowledge and experience.

TH133 @ 5/17/2013 9:51 AM

I agree with Arby your job now is to teach and motivate a new generation to have the values and courage thay he has shown. Good luck LT.

Matt @ 5/18/2013 5:17 AM

I hope you continue on as an instructor. The new recruits need to learn from your experience. Learning how not to give up could save their lives one day.

Corporal T.E./N.S.M. @ 5/18/2013 8:47 AM

Surviving a ClusterF*** like that incident should be taken as a sign of whatever God you serve to hang up your number and start spoiling those grandkids.

The deplorable actions of the actor, Wade Micheal Page, are the distillation of compounded ignorance. Wade Micheal Page was inked with 9/11 themed tattoos, and clearly had mistaken the Sikh worshipers for "Muslims". The fact is that many people identifying with National Socialism are not actual students of WW2 History . In short, he Sikhs were Axis allies of Fascist Germany. their common interest being the defeat of England.

History has again and again demonstrated that "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing". It has also demonstrated the perils of any polyglot, or "multicultural" society.

Sikhs had grown cynical towards the Hindus and Ghandi's doctrine of nonviolence and sought a more expeditious means of curtailing the British occupation. Their answer came when the UK began to recall much her Indian garrison to fight the Germans on the homefront.

In a blind pursuit of Nazism, Wade Micheal Page assaulted innocent descendants of a religious sect that BRIEFLY wore the Swastika of the Waffen SS Foreign Legion.

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