Fallen Howard County deputy Koontz and Sgt. Buckley honored with Purple Hearts

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4 Fast Facts

  • Deputy Koontz was killed and Sgt. Buckley was injured while serving a search warrant in Russiaville in March 2016.
  • In honor of police week, the Howard County Sheriff’s Department held a special ceremony to honor members of law enforcement.
  • At the ceremony, Koontz and Buckley received Purple Heart awards.
  • A Purple Heart is one of the highest honors.

HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. – Fallen Howard County deputy Carl Koontz and Sgt. Jordan Buckley were honored by the Howard County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday with Purple Heart commendations.

Buckley and Koontz’s family received the award during a special ceremony for Police Week. A Purple Heart for law enforcement is issued to officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Koontz died in March after being shot while serving a search warrant in Russiaville. Sgt. Jordan Buckley was also injured during the incident.

“I’m very honored to receive them, but it’s something that any of us rather go an entire career without ever seeing,” said Buckley.  “I definitely hold these dearly, you know. It’ll be something I’ll pass onto my kids and share the story with them. I’d rather it just been another day and be still all working together and business as usual.”

Buckley returned to work earlier this week.

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