Edward Charles Albright Jr., a veteran and American Red Cross volunteer, died on Sept. 24 from cancer. He was 52.
Albright graduated from Masuk High School in Connecticut. He joined the Army and served with the 18th Military Police Brigade in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971. When he returned to the states after the war, he joined the Connecticut Army National Guard.
In the 1980s, Albright moved to Escondido, Calif., where he worked for Advanced Safety Products, a company that distributes durable medical and access equipment. For the past eight years, however, he dedicated his off-hours to volunteering with the American Red Cross. His efforts included aiding the victims of forest fires and accidents, and serving the organization as a disaster action team leader and instructor.
Even when he was diagnosed with cancer and weakened by chemotherapy, Albright continued to respond to disasters. His efforts were rewarded in 2002 when he received the Red Cross Spirit of Volunteerism Award.