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Guard soldier, UVM student remembered following drowning

A soldier and junior at the University of Vermont drowned at a Bolton swimming hole over the weekend, devastating the community.
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 10:25 PM EDT|Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 7:26 AM EDT
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BOLTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A soldier and junior at the University of Vermont drowned at a Bolton swimming hole over the weekend, devastating the community.

Vermont State Police say Cody Surprise, 21, was swimming on Saturday at the Bolton Potholes. Police say he jumped into rapidly flowing water and didn’t come back up.

His body was recovered after about two hours.

Surprise was part of the UVM class of 2023, according to school leaders.

He was also a member of the Vermont National Guard. The Guard released the following statement: “The entire Vermont National Guard is devastated to learn of the loss of Sgt. Cody Surprise. Surprise recently returned from a deployment to the Horn of Africa with Charlie Troop of the Vermont Army National Guard out of Lyndonville.” The Guard statement continued, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Surprise family. We are here to support Soldiers, family, and friends seeking support through this painful and difficult time.”

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