St. Petersburg Man Dies Marching in Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By Allison Mondell, CBS Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) –  A St. Petersburg man, Rick Sowers, died from a heart attack while marching in a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Sowers was a snare percussionist in The Second Time Arounders Marching Band.  He collapsed about four miles from the end of the parade route.

Second Time Arounders director William Findeison told the Savannah Morning News that Sowers was a sailing instructor at a yacht club in St. Pete.  Findesion said Sowers was in his mid-50s and was “a really popular guy.”

Two doctors and about 10 nurses near the parade rushed to help Sowers after he collapsed around noon on Saturday.  He was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, temporarily stopping the parade.

According to the Second Time Arounders website, Sowers had been a band member since 2009 and was an alumnus of Palmetto High School in Miami.

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