This undated photo shows Cody Harter sitting on the backend of a C-130 with the 180th Airlift Squadron.

A fundraiser to provide scholarships for high school students in St. Joseph is set for May 1 along with the Sound of Speed Airshow.

Kickback for Cody is a nonprofit group that holds an event once a year to raise money for scholarships. This year the group will be holding a CrossFit challenge beginning at 6 a.m. at Rosecrans Memorial Airport.

The 139th Airlift Wing members are excited the airport will host the event, according to Airshow Director Cpt. Owen Compton.

“It’s going to be set up amongst our static displays for the airshow,” Compton said. “They’ll be able to do this workout amongst the aircraft.”

The event honors Cody Harter, who used the call sign Snowflake. He was a C-130 loadmaster at Air National Guard based at Rosecrans Memorial Airport when he died during an apparent road rage incident that occurred in Kansas City while he was transferring lawn-care equipment back to St. Joseph on May 5, 2018.

Nicholas Webb has been charged with second-degree murder in Harter’s death and is awaiting trial this August.

Kerrie Harter, Cody’s mother, is the board chair of Kickback for Cody.

“Cody was an organ donor. I didn’t know this until Cody had died, and because of his selfless act that day 50 different lives were changed,” Harter said. “Each year we give two $1,500 scholarships to local high school students that have Cody-like qualities.”

Those qualities include loves for music performance, motocross and wrestling. This year’s recipients will be determined Friday. So far, four students have been awarded scholarships in St. Joseph from Kickback for Cody.

Brad Durham of BFit Crossfit will host the morning workout on May 1. The price is $54. To register for the event, go to

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