KOKOMO, Ind., (March 20, 2016) - Deputy Carl Koontz was a husband, a father to an 8-month-old son, even a school resource officer.
His death will leave a huge hole, not just with his loved ones and the sheriff's department, but with the whole community.
A sheriff’s department SUV surrounded by flowers, thank you notes and prayers sits out in front of the Howard County Criminal Justice Center. The signs of support show what the 27-year-old meant to the community.
The man behind the badge graduated from Western High School and earned a degree from IU Kokomo. He became a part-time correctional officer in 2012, a full-time deputy for Howard County in 2013 and a father to Noah in 2015.
Koontz was one of three school resource officers for Northwestern Schools. He had a special connection with kids and was known as a good guy with a bright future. He and his wife Kassie were married three years ago next month and Noah will celebrate his first birthday during the summer. Those who knew Koontz said he was a great father to Noah.
“He’s going to miss knowing a great father. I can only imagine that in 14, 15, 16 years he would have been hugely involved in his son’s life,” said Northwestern Schools Superintendent Ryan Snoddy.
“It’s a very very tragic situation being a father and a husband, for a family to lose that I still haven’t comprehended all of it myself, " said Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers.
A gofundme page has been set up by the FOP Lodge 078 in Kokomo and it has already received more than $27,000 to go to Koontz’s family. For more information, click here.