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Ellicott City store owners honor hero killed in the flood nearly a year ago

Posted at 11:30 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 11:18:00-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — It's been nearly one year since a flood devastated Main Street in Ellicott City. Almost a year since Staff Sgt. Eddison "Eddie" Hermond died while trying to save someone during the flood. He was swept away in the rushing waters.

"We don't want that to be something that's easily forgotten," said Tim McManus, co-owner of Gamers-Corps. Julio Alegria is the other owner. They are both Marines. "As a service member, I understand his sacrifice, and we're here to honor his memory," said Alegria.

Friday, these owners decided to host an event, the Last Gamer Standing, to honor Eddie's memory. "Good camaraderie, good competition and every moment honoring Eddie," said McManus.

Money spent on people opting into the games, money spent on merchandise in the store and donations go to the Eddison Hermond Memorial Scholarship. This is a fund created to continue Eddie's legacy of service by helping others further their educations.

"The community is healing, "Alegria said. "This person gave his life to the community. Why not give money to the fund to help honor his name?"

There are flyers all over Main Street encouraging people to donate on Sunday to the fund. If you want to donate to the scholarship fund either go to one of the stores this weekend or click here.