This is the first in a series of three videos featuring the personal stories of NFPA 3000 technical committee members. The second will be published on Thursday, June 28.
Brian Murphy isn’t shy about telling his story.
A retired law enforcement officer who now works for a bullet-proof vest manufacturer, Murphy even jokes about what happened to him six years ago. He says Swiss is his favorite cheese, and when someone argues with him he replies, “What are you gonna do, shoot me?”
As a lieutenant with the Oak Creek (Wisconsin) Police Department, Murphy was shot 15 times responding to an active shooter at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in 2012. Starting last summer, he was able to bring the lessons he learned during the response to and recovery from that incident to the table in writing NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. Murphy is one of three NFPA 3000 technical committee members who are the subjects of a documentary-style video series called "The stories that shaped NFPA 3000."
"You don't get to pick when bad things happen, they pick you," Murphy says in the video. "If it was the other way around, I would've slept really well the night before, I would've left with about 18 guns in the car, and I would've just been sitting up on the hill waiting for him and shot him then, but you don't get to. ... But having all the tools in place [through NPFA 3000] to make the response better, you can't beat that."
Learn more about NFPA 3000 at nfpa.org/3000news.