STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2017) — Exactly one year after his death in the line of duty, late Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz was honored by State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) Monday on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives.
Koontz, a 26-year-old Howard County deputy officer, and Sergeant Jordan Buckley were shot while serving arrest and search warrants in Russiaville in March 2016. Koontz later died from his injuries at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
“Deputy Koontz’s death rocked the entire community and hit close to home for many of us who have friends and family in law enforcement,” VanNatter said. “He is a true Hoosier hero and his exemplary leadership and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Honoring him and his family served as a great reminder of this and we continue to keep them in our prayers.”
Karickhoff and VanNatter authored House Concurrent Resolution 49, which was passed unanimously, to honor Koontz.
“Kokomo lost one of its brave sons on March 20, 2016, when Deputy Carl Koontz was shot and killed in the line of duty,” Karickhoff said. “Carl was a kind and compassionate man who had a heart for young people. I continue to offer my deepest condolences to his friends and family.”
Koontz was a graduate of Western High School and received a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Indiana University at Kokomo. He graduated from the police academy in November 2013. During the two years preceding his death, Koontz worked on Mondays and Fridays as one of Northwestern School Corporation’s student resource officers, mentoring and befriending hundreds of students.
For a full copy of House Concurrent Resolution 49, click here.