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Special guests from WI at State of the Union Address


MADISON (WKOW) -- During President Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday, about 20 special guests will get to sit with the First Lady. Two are from Wisconsin. It's an honor that both Deb Carey of New Glarus and Lt. Brian Murphy of Oak Creek were surprised to receive.

"There's so much going on. I'm just going to be open to the experience," Carey told WKOW Tuesday. The New Glarus Brewing Company founder and president was in Washington just a few months ago. During that trip, she met President Obama and Vice President Biden. They even exchanged beers.

Friday, Carey and her husband Dan were invited to the State of the Union Address. "The President has his home brew in the basement, I think maybe they're just bringing me so they can get Dan in the White House and get some brewing tips out of him."

Besides the brewing, Carey is being recognized for growing her business, creating jobs and taking care of her family. She's not the only Wisconsinite in attendance.

"With my background, you wouldn't think in a million years, yeah, when I'm 50, I'm gonna go see the White House and sit in a box and all that. Those things just don't happen," Lt. Brian Murphy said before taking off for Washington Monday.

Murphy was the first officer on scene at the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek. He was shot 15 times and still survived. "I still think I'm dreaming -- I'm late for work, but until I wake up I'm gonna ride this out," Murphy said.

You can look for Murphy and Carey in the First Lady's box Tuesday evening.

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