Honored for Heroics: Two Oak Creek officers receive Medal of Valor

WHITE HOUSE (WKOW) -- Two Oak Creek officers will be honored this morning with the highest national award given to law enforcement, the medal of valor.

It's presented to individuals exhibiting exceptional courage -- regardless of personal safety. The White House the deadly Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting more than 2 and half years ago, exemplifies that statement.

The two  include Oak Creek Lieutenant Brian Murphy and officer Sam Lenda. The officers are credited for making a big difference that August day, back in 2012.

Recipient Lieutenant Murphy was shot in the throat, hands and legs by the shooter as he ran out of the temple. Despite being wounded, Lieutenant Murphy waved officers inside the temple to help victims.

When the other recipient, Officer Lenda arrived to the scene, he began shooting at the gunman, who later crawled out of site and took his own life.

During the six minute ordeal, The White House says these selfless actions prevented further injury and helped save many lives.

This isn't the first honor for the officers, they have already received the Congressional Badge of Bravery, among several other awards right here in Wisconsin..

This year, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder will officiate the awards ceremony.  It starts at 9:45 our time this morning.

You will be able to hear Lt. Murphy's at this years WAHI conference.  "The Will To Survive" "Shots Fired! Officer Down"