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Obama honors responding officers at Sikh shooting

Published On: May 11 2013 01:57:11 PM CDT   Updated On: May 12 2013 02:51:43 AM CDT
Obama honors top cops
MILWAUKEE -

President Barack Obama has given eight police officers who responded to the Sikh temple shooting in suburban Milwaukee last August national law enforcement awards.

The ceremony was held at the White House on Saturday morning, the Journal-Sentinel reported.

Obama singled out Lt. Brian Murphy, who was the first to arrive and suffered 12 bullet wounds.

"He fought back until help arrived and ordered his fellow officers who are here today to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside even though he was lying there bleeding from 12 bullet wounds," remarked President Obama. "When he was asked how he did it, he said, 'that's just the way we're made.'"

The others were Savan "Sam" Lenda, John H. Finco, Julie M. Grauberger, Dean Kleinhans, Michael Shultz, Derick Slamka, and Kelly Romel.

On Aug. 5, a gunman opened fire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, killing six and injuring three. 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 after.

Officers from eight other states also received the award.

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