OAK CREEK - A Wisconsin police officer who survived being shot 15 times is retiring. Lieutenant Brian Murphy was shot last August, while he was responding to the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek. Six people were killed.
"I live with the limitations," said Lt. Murphy.
Murphy knows that the affects from the injuries he suffered while being shot 15 times during the Sikh temple shooting are too debilitating to remain on the police force.
"I have difficulty breathing. Gripping things is tough now. The pain in my legs in the winter is bad, but again, I'm fortunate," said Murphy.
"Where he started, when these injuries occurred to where he is today. To think that he could be up walking and talking, have a conversation with you, is amazing," said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards.
So on Wednesday morning, after 22 years of service, Lt. Murphy offered Chief John Edwards his letter of retirement.
"It took him a while to write it. And he just said it was a tough letter to write," said Chief Edwards.
Edwards knew this day was coming.
"He can't come out and say I'm going to try and get a retirement cause that's not what he was doing. He was trying to heal, get back to work," said Edwards.
While Murphy's career is coming to an end, Edwards says his heroism isn't.
"I want to make sure they understand, remember the history of what happened for a lot of different reasons, for complacency. Brian's got a great story, a survivor story. And I don't want anyone to forget that. I want the emotion to stay there for a long time," said Edwards.
"To sit there and realize that something happened that will forever change your life in a positive way -- put the physical limitations aside -- to me I think I can't thank God enough, can't thank my sister enough for watching over me. By all rights, I shouldn't be here," said Murphy.
Murphy's last day will be June 12th.
The chief says the biggest thing the department is losing, is Murphy's common sense.
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