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Sikhs in Washington honor Officer Brian Murphy

April 16, 2014

Oak Creek — Police officer Brian Murphy was awarded a Sewa (service) Award in Washington for being the first officer on the scene during the Aug. 5, 2012, shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

The Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, a Sikh organization based in Washington, presented the award on Sunday, April 13, or Vaisakhi Day.

"It's well deserved," said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards. "The Sikh community has been fantastic to not only (Murphy) but our entire police department. (Murphy) is well-deserved for any award for the actions he took on that day."

Murphy was struck with 12 bullets at the attack, during which six Sikh worshippers were killed and three others were wounded. Murphy is now retired.

"We, as an organization, decided to honor Brian Murphy with a Sewa (service) Award," said Inder Paul Singh, chairman of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, in an article online. "This is given annually to someone recognizing their spirit of sewa and contributions toward the Sikh community. We are highly grateful to him for his sacrifice and exemplary service."

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