Our Roth Everyday Hero: Eddison “Eddie” Hermond

Last May, when dangerous flash floods hit Ellicott City, Ultimate Staffing Ambassador Eddison “Eddie” Hermond was quick to jump to the aid of local shop owner Kate Bowman. Unfortunately, Eddie lost his life during the rescue efforts.

Bowman had been trapped in her coffee shop, unable to open the door due to the high water levels. She resorted to climbing out of a window, bringing along her cat inside his carrier. That’s when Hermond spotted her and sprang into action. Despite misreporting that Eddie lost his life attempting to save a cat, Bowman insists, “He was trying to save me.”

Eddie was a National Guardsman and a veteran of the Air Force, where he served more than a decade on active duty. His friends and coworkers remember his as a kind man with the spirit of a hero.

“He died as he lived, as an example of selflessness. We should all be so brave,” said friend James Hammond. “If he was here right now and the circumstances were the same, […] he would do it all over again.”

The Ellicott City flood generated over a thousand calls to 911. Howard County is not just undertaking rebuilding efforts after the flood, but is also investing in improving the city’s storm drainage network to prevent future floods.

In Eddison Hermond’s honor, Roth Staffing has proudly donated to the county’s rebuilding efforts and has provided financial support to the Hermond family as they faced funeral expenses.