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HOPE MILLS, NC (AP) — The Army’s Special Forces Command is releasing more information about the Green Beret who died trying to save his two daughters from their burning North Carolina home.

The elite military force says 36-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell was born in Dyersburg, Tenn., and joined the Army in 1994 as a military policeman. He served in South Korea, Bosnia and Italy before earning his Green Beret in 2004 at Fort Bragg and buying his family home in Hope Mills.

An overnight fire Tuesday at the home trapped Cantrell’s 6-year-old and 4-year-old daughters. He ran into the burning building in a failed attempt to save his children.

Cantrell’s wife survived.

A charity is collecting donations through the Army Special Operations Command’s Facebook page.

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