KOKOMO, Ind. (April 1, 2016) — Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers says he and his department have been touched by the outpouring of support from the public in the wake of the death of Deputy Carl Koontz.
Koontz was laid to rest Tuesday following a public memorial service at Northwestern High School, where he served as a resource officer. Hundreds of people showed up for the service, and many lined the procession route as Koontz’s body was transported for burial.
Koontz died after being shot while serving a warrant in Russiaville on March 20. Sgt. Jordan Buckley was wounded during the same operation. Mourners left flowers and messages on Koontz’s SUV as it sat outside the sheriff’s department.
Rogers said the kind gestures didn’t go unnoticed in a letter addressed to “the citizens of Howard County” on behalf of the sheriff’s office. Here’s the entire message from Sheriff Rogers:
The loss Deputy Carl Koontz and wounding of Sergeant Buckley has been one of darkest times for the Sheriff’s Department.
The assistance from other Law Enforcement agencies has been wonderful but somewhat expected because that is the tradition of American Law Enforcement.
Standing in the gathering of officers at Carl’s memorial reminded us why American Law Enforcement will never be defeated in our service to you, all of us standing shoulder to shoulder representing Law and Order across America.
Howard County has a history of supporting their public servants but the public outpouring we have experienced the past days has been overwhelming.
The cards, letters, donations and public displays have brought us all to tears. All of this not only helps in the healing process but strengthens and encourages us to continue the mission of protection and service.
This has been a difficult time for us but you, our citizens, have given us something positive to build on.
All of us at the Sheriff’s Department thank you all for your kindness, generosity and willingness to stand with us during this time of mourning.
Sheriff Steve Rogers and Staff