Local Hero, Michael Murphy, was born and raised on Long Island where he served as a Town of Brookhaven lifeguard at Lake Ronkonkoma. Michael graduated from Penn State University with Honors, and instead of attending Law School, joined the Navy SEALs.
He was 29 years old in June 2005, when he perished in a fierce firefight in mountainous terrain along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Operation Red Wings.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.
LT Murphy also received:
The Silver Star
Combat Action Ribbon
Afghanistan Campaign Medal