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‘A servant’s heart’ | State of Missouri recognizes and honors Cadet Thomas Surdyke’s final act of heroism

Kathryn Ziesig
Laura Elbl, a friend of the Surdyke family, comforted Rosemary Surdyke following the signing of a bill that will name a stretch of I-55 in honor of her brother Cadet Thomas Surdyke, a former St. Pius X student who died on vacation after saving a civilian from drowning. Governor Eric Greitens signed the bill on June 29 at St. Pius X High School by the football field where Cadet Surdyke used to play.

"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."

— John 15:13

State representative Elaine Gannon quoted this Bible verse at a ceremony in which Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law a bill to the honor the late Thomas Surdyke.

St. Pius community comes together after cadet’s death

A tragic accident in which an Army cadet from St. Louis died after rescuing a drowning swimmer off a Long Island beach brought a grieving community together and led to the founding of a scholarship in his name.

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