Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell died in Hope Mills Tuesday, along with 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia. Authorities said Cantrell leapt from the second floor of his burning home, then wrapped himself in a blanket and ran inside for his daughters. Only the girl's mother and the family dog survived.
Lt. Col. April Olsen of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command said Thursday a funeral with full military honors will be scheduled later this month.
The 36-year-old Cantrell served five tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, earning four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
Four groups are taking donations to not only help the Cantrell family, but other soldiers injured in combat. Specify if you want your donation to go to the Cantrells:
United State Army Special Operations Command Soldier, Family and Command Support Association
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Special Forces Association
Special Forces Charitable Trust
or send a check to:
Special Forces Charitable Trust PO Box 53 Essex, Connecticut 06426