Deputy Carl Koontz

Deputy Carl Koontz

The bridge at Markland and Park avenues near the Howard County Sheriff’s Department will soon be renamed the Carl A. Koontz Memorial Bridge.

Following a resolution approval Monday by the Howard County Commissioners, who received a request for the bridge renaming from Koontz’ wife, Kassandra Koontz, county officials will next order signs for commemoration at the site. 

After signs are received by the county, a public ceremony will be held, according to Commissioner Paul Wyman. Once signs are ordered, delivery is expected in less than 30 days. 

Brown signage honoring the sheriff department’s colors will be placed at both ends of the bridge. 

“Kassie thought it would be a great way to make sure his legacy lives on, and also an opportunity for her son, Noah, every time he went over the bridge to have an opportunity to remember and hear about his dad as well,” said Wyman during the meeting. 

Reading the resolution Monday was Commissioner Tyler Moore, who was forced to pause midway through the document by oncoming tears.

“Early in his law enforcement career, Deputy Koontz exhibited extraordinary dedication to his profession and his community, in particular serving with distinction as a resource officer for Northwestern Schools,” he read. 

Koontz died in the line of duty on March 20 from injuries sustained during a shootout earlier that morning at a Russiaville trailer park.

He was shot by 25-year-old Evan Dorsey, who was wanted on a failure to appear warrant. Koontz suffered a single gunshot wound to his pelvis, and died at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

George Myers can be reached at 765-454-8585, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gpmyerskt.

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George Myers covers city and county government. He joined the Kokomo Tribune on November 18, 2014.