KOKOMO, Ind. (March 26, 2016) - Saturday thousands of motorcycle riders revved up to remember a Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the line of duty.
Deputy Carl Koontz died early last Sunday morning. The 27-year old deputy was shot while serving a warrant. The suspect, 25-year old Evan Dorsey, then shot and killed himself.
Organizers said the turnout far exceeded their expectations. The funds raised will go to support Deputy Koontz’s wife Kassandra and their 8-month old Noah.
Rows of bikes lined Grissom Air Museum in Peru for the rose ride.
“I’ve never done this before. I’ve never been part of a ride,” said Jennifer Archuleta, “This man gave his life, and he gave it for his community, and we just want to come pay our respects.”
Archuleta said she felt she had to come out and be a part Saturday afternoon, one way of saying thank you to Deputy Carl Koontz.
The Howard County Sheriff’s Department helped organize the ride, with a $5 donation requested.
“It means a lot to be able to honor Deputy Carl Koontz. I worked with Koontz, and it meant a lot to us and the family to be able to put this thing together,” said Deputy Ryan Reel, with the Howard County Sheriff’s Department.
An estimated 2,000 riders started in Peru and ended their roughly 16-mile memorial trek at the sheriff’s department in Kokomo, where participants gathered around Koontz’s cruiser to drop off roses.
“He was an amazing man, amazing officer,” said Reel.
Sgt. Jordan Buckley was also shot and injured in the incident. He survived and has been released from the hospital.