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NEW YORK: The Washington-based Guru Gobind Singh Foundation will honour police officer Brian Murphy with a Sewa Medal on Vaisakhi Day for saving lives by shooting a white supremacist who went on a shooting spree at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in August 2012, killing six Sikhs.
The gunman, Wade Michael Page, killed himself after he was wounded by a shot from Brian Murphy. The 52-year-old Oak Creek police officer, who took 12 bullets during the attack, recovered from his wounds but has no feeling in his right forearm and leg and has limited use of his left thumb.
He will be honored by the Sikhs in Washington on Vaisakhi day – April 13. Murphy is traveling with his family from Wisconsin to Washington to attend the ceremony, the foundation said in a statement.
Inder Paul Singh Gadh, Chairman of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, said, “We as an organization, decided to honor Brian Murphy with a Sewa (service) Award. This is given annually to someone recognizing their spirit of sewa and contributions towards the Sikh community. We are highly grateful to him for his sacrifice and exemplary service to the law and order and providing protection to all citizens of Oak Creek including the members of the Sikh community in Wisconsin. His actions were able to deter much bigger massacre of Sikhs who were still trapped inside the gurdwara.”
Lauding Murphy, Dr. Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, said, “Sikhs are indebted to Brian Murphy and we are especially touched by his spirit. He reflects the Sikh concept of Chardhi Kala, which is to remain in high and positive spirit even in the face of challenges and tragedies in life. So many youngsters and members of the community are eager to meet him and greet him in Washington. He is an extra-ordinary public protector.”
Brian Murphy has said, “On August 5th (2012), I met people who were at their worst moment in life. And I was able to at least help them as best I could. I don’t know if it made a tremendous difference to everyone there, but it made a tremendous difference to me because I got involved with a community that has been nothing short of amazing.”
Murphy was also honored by President Obama last year at the White House for his bravery and service.
The function to honour Murphy will be held at the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation Gurdwara Sahib, 13814 Travilah Road, Rockville, Maryland.
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