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Never Giving Up Saves a Life

web posted April 20, 2011

EDITORIAL – Since 75-year-old Brodies McCain was discovered missing by a worker from the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council on Monday morning, a massive search got underway spanning nearly 30 hours. Bloodhounds, specially trained search and rescue teams, and even a helicopter searching from the air all tried to find her. A valiant effort by the Sheriff's Office, SLED, and the SC Search and Rescue Dog Teams. Yet, in the end, it was the determination of Larry Bowe that led to finding Mrs. McCain.

Mr. Bowe told Edgefield Daily, "I've never given up on anything, and I wasn't going to give up on her."

Though the professionals gave it all they had, it was his gathering of volunteers on a line foot search that found Mrs. McCain in a mass of briars in a densely wooded area that had been searched numerous times on the ground and from the air.

That does not diminish the quality of the effort by the Sheriff's Office or the other agencies that searched the area day and night. However, it does speak highly of Mr. Bowe, his volunteers, and the commitment of workers at the Senior Citizens Council to their seniors.

Mr. Bowe was on the scene Monday while the search was taking place. He came back on Tuesday as soon as he fulfilled his duties to the other senior citizens he serves every day at the Senior Citizen Center. He told Edgefield Daily Mrs. McCain, and the other seniors they care for, are "family" and he was not going to give up looking.

Though he wanted to take no credit for finding Mrs. McCain, saying it was a woman among the twenty or so volunteers and family members, not him, who found her - He was the one responsible for saving the life of a lost Alzheimer's patient with diabetes through his efforts and determination.

Had he not taken the extra effort when the professionals gave up, it is likely the discovery would have been far different in the days to come.  
Although we are still trying to identify the woman who found Mrs. McCain to give her the recognition she so richly deserves, we cannot overlook the compassion and concern exhibited by Mr. Bowe.

If ever two citizens of Edgefield County deserve to be formally recognized, Larry Bowe and the unidentified woman who found Mrs. McCain, are befitting such an honor.  

Photo courtesy of WRDW News 12

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