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Fellow cadets pay tribute to St. Louis cadet after attempting to save life

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Late Tom Surdyke (Credit: St. Pius X Twitter page). Late Tom Surdyke (Credit: St. Pius X Twitter page).

(KMOV.com) – A first year West Point cadet from St. Louis will be honored on July 1 after he tried saving someone’s life as they were drowning.

Tom Surdyke’s fellow West Point cadets dressed in fatigues paid their respects at Stony Brook Hospital in New York on June 30.

Surdyke’s friends say he was on vacation in the Hamptons with another cadet before reporting back for field training.

Southampton Village police say Surdyke ran into the water to help rescue a swimmer in a rip current. But he nearly drowned in the process.

He was taken to Southampton Hospital and then transferred to Stony Brook Hospital where he was clinging to life.

His parents were by his side.

Surdyke’s mother posted a message on Facebook. She said she is heartbroken.

“Our son and hero, Cadet Tom Surdyke has passed. Continuing to serve others in death as in life, Tom chose to donate his organs, thus requiring him to be on a ventilator for the next 48 hours. However, his soul is with the Lord. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for our family,” said Surdyke’s mother.

Surdyke would have turned 19-years-old on the 4th of July. The friend he was trying to save survived.

Surdyke was a 2015 graduate of St. Pius X High School in Festus.  

Authorities say there will be a vigil for him at 7:30 p.m. on July 1 on the campus football field.

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