Last weekend, while most Americans were remembering the heroic sacrifice of veterans in the U.S. armed forces, another act of bravery caused an active member of the U.S. Army National Guard to go missing.
Air Force veteran Eddison Hermon was an active member of Maryland’s Army National Guard, though he was off-duty in downtown Ellicott City, Maryland, when disaster struck. Despite still reeling from 2016 rains that meteorologists described as a 1 in 1,000 year-event, storm clouds once again parted to flood the city with two months of rain in only two hours. Suddenly, residents were finding their houses and shops surrounded by rapidly rising waters, which quickly washed away cars and everything else in the street.
As dismayed residents started to experience their second flood in two years, most people ran for higher ground. However, Hermon noticed that a woman, Kate Bowman, and her cat were trapped inside Bowman’s boutique pet store, Clipper’s Canine Cafe, which was nearby to where Hermon was attending a birthday party.
Unfortunately, when Hermon stepped across the street to give Bowman a hand, he was swept up in the floodwaters and swept away. Bowman has rightfully described the 39-year-old veteran as “hero,” while his friends and sergeant agree that it was just like Hermon to not even think twice before helping another human or animal in need.