West Point cadet from St. Louis dies after trying save someone from drowning

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  1. Freda'sMom

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    So sad.

    West Point cadet from St. Louis dies after trying save someone from drowning, family says

     
  2. bookreader

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    We are all grieving.
     
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  3. CGL

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    Graduated from a school with 20 miles of us. Devastating. Deepest sympathies and prayers.
     
  4. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    Awful Awful news....
    So sorry for the families and his class.
     
  5. EOD/SEALmom

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    So very sad.
     
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    Rest in Peace.
     
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    So very heartbreaking. Prayers for his family, friends and his fellow cadets.
     
  8. tug_boat

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    Tragic tragic. This has been very heartbreaking

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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    Do my Army friends know if the Soldier's Medal would be posthumously awarded for a case like this? Small consolation for devastated family, but something to recognize his bravery for long-term family memory.
     
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  11. Freda'sMom

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    The US Coast Guard's Gold Lifesaving Medal should also be considered for his heroic actions.

     
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  12. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I can't tell from the posts, did he save someone too?
     
  13. EOD/SEALmom

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    They haven't said yet what happened to the other young man. From what I've heard he is still critical.
     
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    So very sad
     
  16. Freda'sMom

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    If you read the link in the first post, you'll see he attempted to rescue a person from drowning off the coast of Long Island.
     
  17. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Attempted rescue either means the person wasn't rescued or he wasn't the one who eventually rescued the person.

    That's my confusion.
     
  18. tug_boat

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    It breaks my heart. My prayers are with his family and friends.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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    The incident involved 2 USMA 2019 Cadets and another individual (non-cadet). Surdyke and the non-cadet were caught in a rip current. The non-cadet could not swim. Surdyke saved this individual's life. In the rescue, Surdyke drowned. The other 2019 Cadet was able to get Surdyke the rescue help he needed and CPR was administered. They lost his heartbeat 3 times on the way to the hospital. He was in a coma until he died a couple of days ago.
    So sad and tragic.
    This is the 2nd Cadet to die this summer.
    Heartbreaking.
     
  20. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Absolutely horrible event. Prayers for the cadets, their families and their friends.

    Regarding the Gold and Silver Lifesaving Medals, I've seen three in my entire life and one of those was someone's great grandfathers, so I've seen two worn on a uniform (one guy with a silver and someone else with a gold.... I think). The situations that the medals are awarded in seem to often be extreme. Two cadets a year ahead of mean swam in a rip current and saved one or two people when I was a 4/c or 3/c. They received either a Commandants Letter of Commendation (a ribbon) or a Coast Guard Achievement Medal. Google the Gold and Silver Lifesaving Medals and see if you can find some of the citations. There are probably some similar examples.
     

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