SEVERN, Md. — The Latest on a funeral for a National Guardsman killed in flooding (all times local):
Maryland's governor is remembering a National Guardsman as a man who "put his life at risk for someone he didn't even know."
Staff Sgt. Eddison Hermond was swept away May 27 in flash flooding in Ellicott City. His funeral was underway Thursday in Severn.
According to prepared remarks by Gov. Larry Hogan, Hermond's attempt to help a woman in the flood was a "final act of heroism" that "came at the end of a life that was full of brave and selfless acts." The governor noted that Hermond served on active duty in the Air Force and later joined the Army National Guard.
Hogan praised Hermond for stepping in during the storm when he did not have to. He said Hermond "did what had become second nature to him: serving others in need without hesitation and no regard for his own safety."
A Maryland National Guardsman who died while trying to help a woman during a flash flood will be laid to rest.
The funeral for 39-year-old Staff Sgt. Eddison Hermond of Severn, Maryland, will be held Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Church at Severn Run. Gov. Larry Hogan will speak during the service. Hermond will be buried at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.
A Maryland National Guard spokesman says the funeral procession for the Air Force veteran will include military vehicles.
Floodwaters that caused devastating damage to buildings in the historic district of Ellicott City swept away Hermond on May 27.
In a statement last week, Hermond's family said, "We are confident that his light will shine on."