CINCINNATI — The Murph Challenge honoring Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy Seal who died in the line of duty, is a Memorial Day tradition that many are trying to complete, and Cincinnati-area firefighters have put more than sweat to meet the challenge.


What do you want to know

  • The Murph Challenge is in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy Seal who died in the line of duty
  • The Murph Challenge consists of 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and a one-mile run before and after reps, all in a 20-pound vest.
  • At the Sharonville Fire Station, firefighters finished to the last rep

The Murph Challenge consists of 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and a one-mile run before and after reps, all in a 20-pound vest.

And at the Sharonville Fire Station, firefighters finished to the last rep.

“It’s a tough workout, and it’s a challenge,” said Sharonville Fire Department firefighter and paramedic Danny Steed. “I appreciate.”

For Steed, he takes the challenge not just on Memorial Day, but a few times throughout the year. He remembers Lieutenant Murphy, who used to do this training every day.


“The fact that he can do that on a daily basis is pretty unreal,” Steed said. “But certainly Memorial Day, it’s something we want to honor.”

For firefighters, the challenge is a good way to be ready for their next call.

“There are so many variables in our job that are unpredictable on a day-to-day basis,” said Local 4498 President Sean Loy. “Fitness is something we can control and train with. We see this as an opportunity for team cohesion.”

This year, the fire station was an official sponsor of the event, to ensure that every firefighter could do it together and donate to the scholarship fund in Lt. Murphy’s name.

“Everybody did it, everybody came in on a day off to do it,” Steed said. “It’s something we’re proud to do and honored to host this year. I know everyone feels the same way that they’re done, that they’re glad it was done, but at the same time, they’re glad they did it.

When that last rep is over and they cross the finish line, it’s a feeling they know they’ll never forget.

To learn more about how to complete and train for the Murph Challenge, visit The Murph Challenge website.