Perry’s Murphy named national VFW Firefighter of the Year

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Travis Murphy accepts the National VFW Firefighter of the Year Award June 4 in the midst of dignitaries of the state and national VFW and Women’s VFW Auxiliary. Photo courtesy Perry Volunteer Fire Department


Perry firefighter Travis Murphy, left, is congratulated by Perry Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Hinds at the awarding to Murphy of the National VFW Firefighter of the Year Award June 4 in Ames.

Perry Volunteer Firefighter Travis M. Murphy was honored June 4 by the state and national Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America.

Murphy was first named the Iowa VFW Firefighter of the Year for 2021, and his credentials were then forwarded in nomination to the VFW national office. He was selected as the national recipient of the VFW Firefighter of the Year Award for 2021 from among nominees submitted from all 50 U.S. states and territories.

The award reads:

In recognition and utmost appreciation of his dedicated and selfless service to the City of Perry, Iowa, and the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America recognizes and awards Travis M. Murphy this National Firefighter of the Year Award for 2021.

Perry Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Hinds said that Murphy has displayed an exceptional record of exemplary and courageous service to both his community and nation during his outstanding career. Hinds said that his extraordinary professionalism was further manifested by the high degree of admiration and respect of both his peers and the local public which he serves.

“Firefighter Travis Murphy is truly a role model to all firefighters,” Hinds said, “and the honor that has been bestowed upon him reflects the proudest ideals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America along with the men and women of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department.”

The VFW will hold its 122nd national convention July 31 to August 3 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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