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Saluting The Brave: Lewiston Native Cody Ensley Injured By IED Blast

Lewiston native and Army Sergeant Cody Ensley remains in a Texas hospital, finally back in the U.S. and recovering from injuries sustained when an IED exploded in Afghanistan Lewiston native and Army Sergeant Cody Ensley remains in a Texas hospital, finally back in the U.S. and recovering from injuries sustained when an IED exploded in Afghanistan
LEWISTON, Idaho -

Lewiston native and Army Sergeant Cody Ensley remains in a Texas hospital, finally back in the U.S. and recovering from injuries sustained when an IED exploded in Afghanistan on November 13th.

Sgt. Ensley was serving in his third tour of duty since enlisting in 2008, according to his friends. Now those friends and loved ones are banding together to support Ensley and his family in any way they can.

"At first it was a pretty big shock and it didn't really hit me until a day later," his friend, James Hug told KHQ. "He was always able to overcome everything so to finally find something that actually hindered him and hurt him, it was a pretty big deal."

Hug wrestled with Ensley back in junior high and high school, along with several other friends. He describes the 25-year-old as "one of the best guys I know" and "really dedicated."

Sgt. Ensley remains in the ICU and will likely endure months of rehabilitation before he can come home. But his friends are hoping to help by raising money for travel expenses for his family. Kyle and K'Lee Kasper are long-time friends of his, and organized a donation website.

"I have known Cody Ensley since elementary school and he is a self proclaimed ‘barrel-chested freedom fighter' but his patriotism goes far beyond that. He has an undying love for our country, but most of all a passion for being a soldier. He is one of the most dedicated people I have ever met," Kyle Kasper wrote to KHQ. "If he has set his sights on something, you can bet your life that he will go above and beyond to be the best, and achieve his goals. Cody is the type of person that will literally give you the shirt off his back, and ask for nothing in return. One of the best friends a guy could ask for, he is always there for you and is always willing to have a good time."

His wife, K'Lee, added this:

"Cody is the type of person that everyone wants to be around. He is honest, kind-hearted, dedicated, fun-loving, and full of life. His laugh is one that fills the room and catches like wild fire. He loves his friends, family, and country. When he is home he wants to be outdoors enjoying God's country with the people he cares about most. I have so many stories of Cody's generosity, but I think the best one is of Cody sacrificing himself to be a soldier for our country."

Ensley's parents gave KHQ this statement about their son's injuries:

"Local soldier, Cody Ensley, and several others sustained injuries while on patrol in Afghanistan the week of November 13th. Two young men have lost their lives in service to our country. Cody and a fellow soldier are in stable condition, but are beginning their long road to recovery. We are asking for prayers and donations to assist with non-medical expenses for friends and family to visit and encourage these soldiers during their recovery period."

A donation account has been set up in Cody Ensley's name at Banner Bank in Lewiston. The online donation account can be found here: www.gofundme.com/CodyEnsleyFund

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