My dad made his way to the Atlanta airport after making Warrior Wishes come true courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons. Funny thing is, he didn’t go there to fly anywhere, he made his way to the airport to get some rest before catching his 6:30am bus to Charlotte.
MEET THE WARRIORS
ARMY SSG CHRISTOPHER PRICE
SSGT Christopher Price was born in Flushing New York & moved to Durham, North Carolina when he was 5.
Christopher joined the Army in Feb 2003 and served a total of 9 ½ years. After completion of infantryman school at Fort Benning. SSGT Price was assigned to 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. SSGT Price served 2 tours in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan.
On August 22, 2003, while on patrol in IRAQ. SSGT Price and his platoon stop to investigate a grenade being thrown at one of their vehicles. While interviewing the locals SGT Price and SPC Tyrone were both shot by a sniper. The bullet travelled through SPC Tyrone’s arm before hitting SSGT Price in his Kevlar helmet. SSGT Price spent one year recovering from the injury before being cleared to deploy with his unit to Afghanistan.
Due to his injury’s SGT Price retired on September 23, 2012. He is currently attending Carolina School of Broadcasting to become a radio sports broadcaster and videographer.
ARMY SPC CHRISTOPHER TRUMBULL JR.
SPC Christopher Trumbull Jr was born and raised in North Carolina. After the events on 9/11, Chris made the decision to join the Army and defend our country. Trumbull served in the United States Army for 8 years until he was medically retired on April 15th, 2014.
He served on deployment to Afghanistan from 2009-2010 & has been stationed at Ft. Bragg, Korea, Ft. Irwin and Ft Benning.
Trumbull is now a full time student at FTCC in the I-Car program & loves anything Carolina Panthers. He enjoys spending time with his kids, watching movies, the walking dead and playing video games.
In Christopher’s nomination, we were told that his favorite thing in the world is Football. He loves the Carolina Panthers & his wardrobe is all Panthers clothing. Trumbull had never been to a panthers game, Until now. It was an honor to host him at his first ever game and thank him for his service by making his Warrior Wish come true!
ARMY MASTER SGT CEDRIC KING
Master Sergeant Cedric King has been serving in the United States Army since 1995.
On July 25th 2012 Cedric was serving in Afghanistan. At the time he was a platoon Sargent & As usual, he received the coordinates of where to go, just like every day, setting out 10-15 minutes later and getting fired upon, which was nothing new. The only thing different on that particular day was that this was a new sector.
Cedric’s team happened to be covering for another platoon. They were bringing a group of guys to cover when Cedric’s right foot stepped on an IED.
He didn’t know what had happened. In fact, he thought at first that he had just been blown back by the blast. The men around him were hurt too, but Cedric received the majority of the injuries, although at the time, he didn’t realize it.
He said, “I was really upset that I didn’t get a chance to finish getting the guys who were shooting at us,” but he said that wore off soon and started gasping for air. He looked at his body and quickly realized that it was mangled. Soon, the helicopter arrived to take Cedric and the other injured men to the closest base, Kandahar. Cedric said that once at the army base, he had no recollection of anything until he woke up a week later on August 1 at Walter Reed.
Cedric lost both of his legs above the knee in the blast. He credits his Family and faith for motivating him to always push his limits and never give up. “These two elements helped me when I didn’t want to get up. Faith helps me believe in a brighter future. Faith keeps me going—this didn’t happen for nothing. I believe in a higher power who loves me enough to say, I’m not doing this to hurt you, I’m doing this to help you.’”
Master Sergeant King is a recipient of the Bronze Star medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and more. He hails from North Carolina, is married and loves being a dad to his two daughters. We were honored to host Master SGT King at the ESPY awards this summer. He is one of the biggest Panthers fans & most inspiring people we have ever met. It was great catching up with him and an honor to host him at the Panthers game!