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Family of fallen soldier presented with Purple Heart quilt

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Posted at 6:01 PM, Aug 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-31 20:01:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah woman presented the family of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan with a Purple Heart quilt Saturday.

Army Pfc. Cody Towse was a medic, and he was killed by an improvised explosive device while rushing to the aid of a fellow soldier in May.

Janet Killough made the quilt, and she gave it to his family in the parking lot of Cody’s favorite restaurant, In-N-Out Burger. She said she makes the quilts so that veterans and their families never feel forgotten.

"As soon as you lay the pieces out, just before you sew the last little bit together, it just hits you: This is going to someone who gave something for our country,” she said. “And it really is an emotional experience with every single quilt."

The Towse family said it comforts them to know people are still thinking about Cody and other soldiers. They said they are accepting donations to build a memorial float for fallen soldiers. Starting Tuesday, those who would like to help can donate money to The Utah Fallen Soldiers Memorial Account at Wells Fargo. Until then, Towse’s family said they are accepting donations for the project through the Cody Towse Memorial Fund, which is also at Wells Fargo.