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Troop 439 remembers boy who died while hiking in Phoenix heat

Cody Flom was going to be in the 7th grade and was active in Boy Scout Troop 439. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Cody Flom was going to be in the 7th grade and was active in Boy Scout Troop 439. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Cody was a Boy Scout and heading into the seventh grade. (Source: The Flom Family) Cody was a Boy Scout and heading into the seventh grade. (Source: The Flom Family)
Cody Flom was hiking in the heat on Friday when he became ill on Friday. He died hours later. (Source: Brian Flom) Cody Flom was hiking in the heat on Friday when he became ill on Friday. He died hours later. (Source: Brian Flom)
Flom was taken to the hospital but later died after hiking in the heat on Friday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Flom was taken to the hospital but later died after hiking in the heat on Friday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It's been a heartbreaking weekend for those who knew Cody Flom.

He was hiking with his mother’s new boyfriend when he became ill between 3 and 5 p.m on Friday. Temperatures in the desert reached 110 degrees that day. He was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where he died later Friday night

[READ MORE: 12-year-old boy who died after hiking in AZ heat was with mother’s boyfriend]

We spent the afternoon with his Boy Scout Leader getting to know him and how much he'll be remembered.

Cody will forever leave an impact on Boyscout Troop 439. It's a tight-knit group of boys and parents. This troop is like family, and this loss has been devastating.

12-year-old Cody is described as a warm-hearted, kind young man, with lots of friends.

"It's like we've lost a family member," says Scout Master Doug Ritter of Boy Scout Troop 439. "It's not just somebody else's kid. It's someone who's very important to us." 

Ritter shared photos and memories with us and reminisced about Cody with his 17-year old son Jason.

"He was a really great scout," says Jason. "And I wish he could have achieved the same rank of eagle like I did." 

But Cody's life was cut short on Friday. Family members tell us, he was hiking with his mom's boyfriend, north of Deer Valley, when he was overcome by heat.

[READ MORE: UPDATE: 12-year-old boy who collapsed while hiking has died]

"My biggest concern is helping his family get through this," says Ritter. "Because I can't imagine what they're feeling."

Remembering their last outing, last weekend, Ritter says Cody was just coming out of his shell, and bonding with the other kids.

"Boys like him are always inspiring to hang out with because it's really cool to see how just unique they all are individually," Ritter said.

He tells us Cody was courageous and eager. And today, Ritter says he's devastated but feeling privileged to have known such a sweet boy.

"The important thing just to know is that he was somebody's son," says Ritter as he held back tears. "Hold your own families closer; you never know in life what's going to happen."

Cody would have been entering the 7th grade this year.

Ritter says Cody will always be a permanent member of his troop. There is a GoFundMe account set up in Cody's name to help with funeral expenses. You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/2g68wgc

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