Funds raised for fam­ily of Navy SEAL

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

“Navy SEAL Eddy Furlani is an Amer­i­can hero.”

Those were the first few words writ­ten on a Go­FundMe page about Ed­ward Furlani, 35, for­merly of Gil­bertsville, who passed away sud­denly last month af­ter years as a dec­o­rated Navy SEAL.

“His ac­tions on and off the bat­tle­field have un­ques­tion­ably saved the lives of many team­mates as well as those of in­no­cent non com­bat­ants across mul­ti­ple bat­tle­fields,” read the Go­FundMe page set up in his honor.

His friends, fam­ily and com­mu­nity have re­sponded to his death with fundrais­ing ef­forts aimed at pro­vid­ing for his three

chil­dren as well as pay­ing for funeral ar­range­ments on both the East and West Coasts.

Furlani was born in Al­bany, N.Y., on Feb. 24, 1982, and resided in Al­bany, N.Y., Gil­bertsville, and Im­pe­rial Beach, Calif., ac­cord­ing to his obit­u­ary. He grad­u­ated from Boy­er­town Area High School, class of 2000. He “joined the Navy in 2000 with the sin­gu­lar pur­pose of be­com­ing a Navy SEAL and in 2003 he achieved the first step to­ward that goal as a proud mem­ber of BUD/S grad­u­at­ing Class 245.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing train­ing, he of­fi­cially be­came a Navy SEAL, tak­ing on mul­ti­ple chal­lenges in­clud­ing work­ing as per­sonal se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions for Iraq’s Vice Pres­i­dent, tak­ing part in ac­tion com­bat mis­sions out of Al An­bar Prov­i­dence’s Hab­baniyah Iraq, and later be­com­ing a sniper in­struc­tor as well as a teacher for ad­vanced ur­ban and open ter­rain tac­tics, tech­niques and pro­ce­dures.

Among Furlani’s per­sonal awards are a Navy Ma­rine Corps Com­men­da­tion Medal, Joint Ser­vice Achieve­ment Medal, Navy Achieve­ment Medal with Com­bat “V” and a se­cond Navy Achieve­ment Medal.

In ad­di­tion, Furlani and his pla­toon con­ducted 58 di­rect ac­tion com­bat op­er­a­tions and cap­tured Iraq’s #3 High Value In­di­vid­ual.

Now, his com­mu­nity and friends are giv­ing back and work­ing to raise money to pro­vide his fam­ily with clo­sure and se­cu­rity. So far the Go­FundMe page has raised $13,750 of its $20,000 goal and has been shared over 500 times.

Furlani is sur­vived by his wife, An­drea and their three chil­dren, Dex­ter, Zelma and Loki.

“As the proud father of three beau­ti­ful chil­dren and hus­band to a won­der­ful lady, many of his fond­est mo­ments were found in the time he shared with his young fam­ily,” reads the Go­FundMe page. “Whether walk­ing on the beach with his kids and An­drea or painting ac­tion fig­ures on their bed­room wall, Eddy was hap­pi­est spend­ing time with his fa­vorite team!”

The fundrais­ing ef­forts have al­ready helped pro­vide the Furlani’s with a me­mo­rial ser­vice in San Diego on Aug. 5, ac­cord­ing to the me­mo­rial page. An­other me­mo­rial ser­vice is planned for Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Henry’s Church, 39 Old Route 66, Aver­ill Park, NY 12018.

Ed­ward Furlani

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