Brother Eric H. Sowers

Brother Eric H. Sowers became a Master Mason in Kedron Lodge No. 389 on October 2, 2004.

He and his family were on vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in September 2011. They were watching the waves crash on the beach when a 4-year-old boy decided to fill his bucket with water from the ocean and was swept up by the rip current. Without hesitation, Brother Sowers "hit the water running." After swimming roughly 75-yards out to sea, Brother Sowers found the boy with his hands above his head and showed very little signs of life remaining. Brother Sowers was able to grab the boy's arm just before he went underwater again. Brother Sowers started to panic but never showed his emotions to the little boy. Instead he assured the little boy they would make it back to his mother's arms.

Brother Sowers' wife had alerted two men onshore who dove into the ocean to assist with the rescue. A third man, with an inner tube around his waist, was struggling to reach them. In a few short minutes, they all were hanging on to the inner tube for dear life. After a while, the four adults worked together and were able to ride incoming waves to the shore to safety.

Without thought of the tremendous risk involved in trying to save the little boy, he took immediate action and was primarily responsible for saving the life of the boy.

Authorized for presentation on December 27, 2011, the cup was actually presented to Bro. Sowers at the Quarterly Communication on June 16, 2012 by Jay W. Smith, RWGM and Thomas K. Sturgeon, RWPGM.

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