WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama recognized a group of officers in a special ceremony Saturday morning.
The "Top Cop" ceremony was held at the White House. During his speech, the president singled out eight officers who responded to the Sikh Temple shooting last summer, including Lt. Brian Murphy.
Murphy was shot 12 times on August 5th, when Wade Michael Page opened fire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.
"When a gunman opened fire on a temple in Wisconsin and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety, he fought back until help arrived and ordered his fellow officers who are here today to protect the safety of the Americans worshipping inside," says President Obama.
More than 40 officers nationwide were recognized at the ceremony. The president met with them after the event.
MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama gave national law enforcement awards to eight police officers who responded to the Sikh Temple shooting near Milwaukee last August.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the ceremony was at the White House this morning. Obama mentioned Lieutenant Brian Murphy. Murphy was the first to arrive at the scene and suffered 12 bullet wounds. Savan "Sam" Lenda, John H. Finco, Julie M. Grauberger, Dean Kleinhans, Michael Shultz, Derick Slamka, and Kelly Romel were also honored.
On August 5th, a gunman killed six and injured three at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. He then killed himself.
Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said Obama spoke for about 15 minutes and met with the officers afterwards.