At an event at the White House on Saturday, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the country’s best police officers during 2013, including the eight who responded to the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek last August:
I already talked about one of this year’s Top Cops, Brian Murphy, in my State of the Union address. 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 worshiping inside — even though he was lying there bleeding from 12 bullet wounds. When he was asked how he did it, he said, “That’s just the way we’re made.”
Watch President Obama’s speech above, or read the transcript here. After the ceremony, Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda recounted the rampage and reflected on Saturday’s ceremony in an interview with Fox6Now.