Randall Scott Brewer died helping to save a boy from drowning, Lancaster, New Hampshire, April 19, 2008. An 11-year-old boy jumped into the swift, cold water of the Israel River and had difficulty staying afloat. After a teenage girl in his party entered the river for him and also experienced difficulty, Brewer, 27, another member of the party, removed his shoes and outer attire and entered the 38-degree water. Brewer made his way to the boy and pushed him toward safety. Then caught by the current, Brewer was carried downstream and submerged. The boy was not injured. Brewer’s body was found the next day; he had died of accidental drowning.
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Randall S. Keebler Brewer, 27, Lancaster, N.H., gave his life selflessly to save another on April 19, 2008.
Brewer was born in Kingsport, Tenn., on March 19, 1981, the son of Randall Brewer and Della Rice. For seven years of his childhood, he lived in Tennessee before moving to New England. For a short time, he lived in Colebrook, N.H., then moved to Island Pond, living there for several years and graduating from Brighton School. He then resided in Lyndonville for a time before moving to Guildhall and Lancaster, where he lived for the last eight years of his life. He worked at McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken, both in St. Johnsbury.
(Edited from an obituary in the Caledonian-Record, April 22, 2008.)