Brian Murphy joined the Armor Express team in 2013 after serving with distinction for over 20 years as a sworn Law Enforcement Officer. Before retiring from active duty, he held the rank of Lieutenant at the Oak Creek Police Department in Wisconsin. Throughout his law enforcement career, Lt. Murphy has worked in the areas of Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Emergency Management, Drug Enforcement, Warrants, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Interrogation, Investigation, Evidence Management, and Field Training.
Demonstrating his extraordinary bravery and swiftness of action, regardless of his own personal safety, Lt. Murphy was the first responder to the Sikh Temple massacre of 2012 and engaged the assailant head-on, ultimately sustaining fifteen handgun rounds to his body, including three rounds which were stopped by his Armor Express concealable body armor. He stood between innocent men, women, and children and the brutal violence of a racist hate crime. In 2015, at a national ceremony held in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Attorney General Eric Holder honored Lt. Murphy with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor for his exceptional courage and commitment to duty.
Lt. Murphy attributed his survival following the 2012 Sikh Temple attack that left seven civilians dead to his active shooter training, his innate warrior mindset to keep going and to the ballistic armor that stopped three bullets from penetrating his body. It was a natural fit for him to join the Armor Express family and lead the Company’s Saves Program, which honors and supports those who have faced death in the name of protecting peace. Under his stewardship, the AE Saves program is constantly changing to meet the needs of each officer and their families and continues to adapt and develop as the community grows. It serves as a conduit for healing.
Lt. Murphy is a graduate of Marian University and holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.