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2 Wisconsin officers get medals for stopping temple shooting

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OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- Two Wisconsin police officers have been awarded the highest national honor for public safety officers for stopping a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in 2012.

U.S. Attorney James Santelle announced Wednesday that now-retired Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda have earned the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor presented to a police officer.

Murphy was the first officer to arrive at the temple in Oak Creek on Aug. 5, 2012. Gunman Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist, shot Murphy about a dozen times. Lenda later shot and wounded Page, who then killed himself.

Page killed six worshippers and wounded five other people that day.

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