By Ben Summerhalder
May 24, 2013

Pfc. Cody Towse, a Life Scout, returns home

Pfc. Cody Towse was a Life Scout. After graduating from Salem High School in 2011, Cody decided to enlist in the U.S. Army instead of serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of his training. Cody wanted to serve in the military in wartime because he believed he could use his skills as a certified EMT and volunteer firefighter to save lives.

And that is what he did.

On Tuesday, May 13 in Afghanistan, Cody died from the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) as he was treating another soldier. He will be returning home to his family either Wednesday, May 29 or Thursday, May 30. Cody’s body will arrive at the Provo Municipal Airport but the specific day and time are yet to be determined. Cody was 21 years old.

Life Scout Cody Towse and his Father

Life Scout Cody Towse and his Father

Friends of the Towse family are requesting as many Scout leaders and Scouts in uniform holding U.S. flags to line the procession route anywhere along the route from the Provo Municipal Airport to I-15, through Spanish Fork, Salem and on to Elk Ridge. Scouters will be joining members of local fire departments, police departments and the Utah Highway Patrol along the procession route. If you are able to help honor this American hero, please contact Julie Blaney for more information at 801-885-1007 or on Facebook at

Article on Cody Towse in the Salt Lake Tribune

Author: Ben Summerhalder |  Utah National Parks Council

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