Outpouring of support for Deputy Koontz continues

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HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. (March 23, 2016) - The overwhelming support for fallen Deputy Carl Koontz continues.

Deputy Koontz’s cruiser is covered in flowers and messages outside of the Howard County, but that’s just one way the community is showing it cares.

It’s tough to find a street pole or a tree without some type of blue ribbon on it.

“(It’s) kind of overwhelming it really is,” said Patrick Clifford, owner of Clifford Signs.

Early Sunday morning, Deputy Koontz was shot and killed while on the job. Ever since the tragedy, the community has offered their support.

Employees at Banner Flower House in Kokomo want the county to be covered in blue. The shop has been giving away small blue ribbons to anyone who wants one.

“They need to know the community is supporting them,” said a Banner Flower House employee.

Bigger bows are being sold for $10. Proceeds will be given to the Koontz family. The business can’t make bows fast enough. They’ve had to make trips to Indianapolis and are getting more blue ribbon delivered from Ft. Wayne.

Hardware stores are having a tough time keeping blue light bulbs in stock.

“It makes me feel good because when I turn them on I see the reflection,” said Scott Lewis, who lives in Kokomo and has two blue light bulbs on his front porch.

Wednesday morning, Clifford Signs started printing yard signs with a picture of Deputy Koontz, his badge number, and the words ‘America Going Blue.’

“We getting a lot of people wanting to put them up in their yard,” said Clifford.

The first sign that was printed was taken over and put in Mrs. Koontz’s front yard.

The yard signs will be available Thursday afternoon at Clifford Signs on Markland Avenue in Kokomo. Signs are $10 each. Proceeds will be given to the Koontz family.

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