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'Eddie strong': Maryland National Guardsman killed in Ellicott City flood remembered for his service, and smile

'Eddie strong': Maryland National Guardsman killed in Ellicott City flood remembered for his service, and smile

Staff Sgt. Eddison Hermond Jr. lived and died helping others.

Hundreds of mourners packed the Church at Severn Run in Severn Thursday morning to remember the Maryland Army National Guardsman’s selfless service. Two weeks ago, the 39-year-old Severn man died after being swept away as he attempted to rescue a woman during the historic flood in Elliott City.

“Eddie Hermond put his life at risk for someone he didn’t even know. Those who know him best say that this final act of heroism came at the end of a life which was full of brave and selfless acts,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told the crowd, which included family, friends and numerous service members, many of whom fought back...

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