Retired Police Lieutenant Credits Trauma Team

Updated : Dec 10, 2019 in Articles

Retired Police Lieutenant Credits Trauma Team


My name is Brian Murphy. I’m a retired police lieutenant from the
city of Oak Creek. August 5th, 2012. I was shot 15 times by an active shooter. It was 10:25 Sunday morning. I remember it well. I was the first responding officer. He raised a gun. We both shot at the same time. And his shot went right in my face, down my
throat, bounced off my spinal column, and it’s right here, right behind my carotid artery. His next shot… shot my thumb off. More shots kept coming. The two things that saved me were being calm
and getting to Froedtert Hospital as quickly as we could. I always considered it the place to be, especially
when your life is on the line. These people are trained to perform under
the most stress possible, as calmly as possible. And that’s what sets them apart. All the ER staff, to the trauma staff, and
everybody around me just had an amazing calming effect. And without Dr. Stadler and the rest of the
staff, I wouldn’t be leading the life I am now. I wouldn’t be able to talk. I wouldn’t be able to eat. I’d still have a trachea tube in. And here I am. They saved my life. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.

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