Wife of Utah guardsman, mayor killed in Afghanistan praises veterans charity

Maj. Brent Taylor, who died in Afghanistan on Nov. 3, 2018.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 4, 2019

NORTH OGDEN, Utah — The wife a Utah mayor killed while serving in the National Guard in Afghanistan is calling for support of a veterans' charity.

The Deseret News reports that Jennie Taylor spoke to reporters at a news conference Thursday, just two month after her husband, Maj. Brent Taylor, was killed serving in Afghanistan. He had taken a leave of absence from his post as mayor of North Ogden during his deployment and was expecting to return to the job in January when he was killed.


Officials say he died when a member of the Afghan security forces shot him. He had been training commandos in Afghanistan.

Jennie Taylor says the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation paid off her entire mortgage following her husband's death. The charity is based in New York.


In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Jennie Taylor, wife of Maj. Brent Taylor, takes a moment beside his casket at the end of his interment at the Ben Lomond Cemetery in North Ogden , Utah. The Ogden, Utah mayor was killed on Nov. 3 while serving in the National Guard in Afghanistan. Jennie Taylor tells the Ogden Standard-Examiner newspaper she is dedicated to making her husband’s legacy about inspiring others to a life dedicated to service and helping others.

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