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.

Comments

More From CBS Tampa

Man Who Killed Wife, Put Photo on Facebook to be SentencedA South Florida man who fatally shot his wife and posted a photo of her body on Facebook could be sentenced to life in prison.
A Gearhead Embraces An Electric Car. Really.Car zealots are a unique bunch. The Ford people make fun of the Chevy people, the Chevy people love to tell the Ford people that their cars are Found On Road Dead and everyone makes fun of the Honda kids because of how they wear those sideways hats and because of VTEC, yo.

Listen Live