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Eight Oak Creek police officers receive Top Cop Awards Sunday night

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The first group of Oak Creek police officers who responded to the Sikh Temple massacre received their national Top Cop Awards Sunday night.

The National Organization of Police Organizations presented their 20th annual awards a day after President Obama honored the recipients at the White House.

The entire first shift of 8 Oak Creek officers was honored. Lieutenant Brian Murphy has received the biggest acclaim, for slowing down the gunman by taking 15 of his bullets at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin last August.

Murphy said last week he was happy that the entire shift was being recognized.

At Sunday night’s ceremony, the 51-year-old Murphy told WTMJ-TV he plans to retire soon. He has not returned to active duty since the shootings – and he probably would not be able to continue a fruitful police officer, so he’ll leave on a high note. Murphy said he might pursue teaching.

Officer Sam Lenda, who fired one of the final shots before the gunman killed himself, was also honored. The others are Kelly Romel, Dean Kleinhans, Michael Schultz, Derick Slamka, John Finco, and Julie Graberger.