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5:52 PM, Aug 24, 2013   |    comments
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ENGLEWOOD - He was known as a gentle giant, standing 6 feet 8 inches tall.

Jason Murphy was an Aurora Firefighter for 10 years. He was hit and killed by a pickup truck on his bicycle as he rode into the fire station in 2012. He was 39 years old and left behind a wife and two young girls.

Last year after the funeral, the community held a fundraiser called the Murphy Meet. And once again Saturday, they came together to raise money and to celebrate Murphy's life.

Murphy accomplished a lot in his short life.

"He was about his girls and his family, but he had a lot of other varied interests," Murphy's wife Jacqueline Murphy said.

He was all about health and physical fitness.

"Jason lived a very healthy life, so we were thinking of what could we do to promote a healthy lifestyle," event organizer Anna Davis said.

More than 200 kids ran, jumped, crawled and swam through a massive obstacle course, all in memory of friend, father, husband, firefighter and neighbor.

"I feel very lifted up by the community we live in. And being part of the fire department family, it's really been just such a blessing in our lives," Jacqueline said. "We feel his presence every day. We miss him, but we feel very loved."

"Everyone who is here [today] wants to celebrate life and happiness and fun and coming together," Davis said.

It was also a twofold fundraiser. Part of the money goes to Murphy's little girls, Bridget and Natalie's college fund. The other 50 percent will go towards Judi's House, a place the Murphy's have found some peace and comfort the past year.

"Judy's House is an organization started by [former Bronco] Brain Griese for kids who have lost a loved one. It's a place we have gone in the past year and had tremendous support," Jacqueline said.

That support continued Saturday in true Murphy style, just how he would have wanted it.

"Jason would be super proud. I think he's watching," Jacqueline remarked.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bridget and Natalie Murphy College Fund, c/o Chase Bank, 4968 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO, 80111.

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