McDonald finishes strong during the “Murph” Challenge on Memorial Day

While many are paying tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives in the battlefield, Detective Brian McDonald honored a United States Navy SEAL officer who was killed on June 28, 2005. Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy was awarded the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his service during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.

On June 28, 2005, Murphy’s life ended on the battlefield after leaving his cover position and ventured to a clearing way from the mountains, exposing him to a hail of gunfire in order to get a clear signal to request immediate support for his team. He dropped the satellite phone after being shot multiple times but picked the phone back up and finished the call, while continuing to get shot upon, he even signed off by saying, “Thank You,” then continued fighting from his exposed position until he died from his wounds.

The “Murph” is more than just a workout, it is a tradition that helps push us, humble us, and dedicate a bit of pain and sweat to honor a man who gave everything he had. The “Murph” consists of starting off with a 1 mile run, followed by 100 pull ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and then ending on another 1 mile run, all being accomplished in less than 60 minutes and wearing a 20 pound vest or body armor. As always, we fully support the United States Armed Forces and the veterans who sacrificed their lives to maintain the freedom in our great country. Thank you!

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