OAK CREEK, Wisconsin (WISN) - The hero officer from the Sikh Temple shooting has been given a prestigious honor. First lady Michelle Obama has invited Lt. Brian Murphy to Washington, D.C., as a her guest for the President's State of the Union Address.
Lt. Brian Murphy says, "I even told my Chief, I e-mailed him, I still think I'm dreaming. I'm late for work. But until I wake up I'm gonna ride this out.
It's real! Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy and his wife are off to Washington, D.C., invited guests of the White House.
Murphy: "With my background, you wouldn't think in a million years, 'yeah, when I'm 50 I'm gonna go see the White House and sit in a box' and all that. Those things just don't happen."
It's happening because of his heroism this past August at the Sikh Temple. The first officer on the scene, Murphy drew the gunman outside -- saving others inside. He took 15 bullets in the process -- to his throat, head, arms, and legs -- yet still survived.
Reporter: "Are you going to become an element, if you will, of the gun control debate?"
Murphy: "I think that's a given at this point. I do understand there are some ramifications in the political arena but to me, I'm just honored."
But when the White House first invited the Murphys last week, they thought they should stay home for Ann's work schedule and their son's basketball practice.
Ann: "Actually we're like, 'We can't I'm sorry.' We actually told them 'no' to begin with."
But after they thought about it, they knew they had to go.
Murphy: "It's very humbling and very surreal."
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