Summerville PD completes Memorial Day Murph Challenge

Dorchester County News

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – Officers with the Summerville Police Department (SPD) on Monday completed the Murph Challenge in honor of Memorial Day.

The Murph workout begins with a one mile run, followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and a final one mile run. The workout is typically done wearing a 20 pound vest or body armor.

The namesake for the workout is Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a former Navy SEAL who was killed during an operation in Afghanistan. The Murph Challenge website gives the following account of his actions:

LT. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL) was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wings, tasked with finding a key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan…

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, LT. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

LT. Murphy fought on, allowing one member of his team (Marcus Luttrell) to escape, before he was killed. For his selfless actions, LT. Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on October 27, 2007.

SPD said that “the combined teamwork during this rigorous workout is done to honor and remember not only Lt. Murphy, but for all of the lives lost of those who defend our country so we can live freely.”

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