Thank you for your service, Deputy Carl Koontz

FALLEN OFFICER: Howard County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Carl Koontz, 26, was killed in the line of duty March 20.

On our website, we asked our readers to leave their tributes for Howard County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Carl Koontz, 26, who was killed in the line of duty March 20. Here are the responses we received:

“Koontz family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss of such an amazing man that has touched so many hearts. Thank you for your service, Deputy Koontz.”

— Liz Gaddis, Tony Cook, Anthony Beaman, and Chris Long, Sharpsville

“Dep. Koontz was an amazing man. He cared so much about everyone around him. Every day he was at Northwestern he asked me how my day was, and we would talk for half of lunch some days. He was a protector, and I cannot put into words the gratitude I have. Thank you for everything you have done, Deputy Koontz. We will miss you!”

— Courtney Davis, Kokomo

“I never knew Officer Koontz, but I know how it is to lose somebody close to you. He’s like me; I protect the country, and he protected the city of Kokomo and Howard County. His son will grow up never truly knowing his father and what a GREAT person he was.”

— Chester Stair, Galveston

“Dear Koontz family, sorry for your loss. Carl is a hero and will never be forgotten. Prayers for all family and friends.”

— Amanda, Kokomo

“Thank you, Deputy Koontz for making the ultimate sacrifice while protecting your community!”

— Cole’s Clippings, Kokomo

“We are praying that God wraps his arms around you and gives you the comfort you will need in the coming days.”

— Bill and Jaetta Ferguson, Kokomo

“Kokomo Love On A Leash, our therapy pets were there the day Deputy Koontz came home. We’re all bringing you comfort and joy. With kisses from Flash, Harley, Sweet Pea, Gracie, June, Jillee and Solly.”

— Kokomo Love On A Leash, Kokomo

“Thank you, Deputy Carl Koontz for your service. Rest easy. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.”

— Dobbs Family, Sharpsville

“Always In Our Thoughts, Forever In Our Hearts”

— The Hight Family, Kokomo

“My Prayers to the Family. He sure was a truly loved Man. You can tell that by everyone that’s been there from the beginning to the End. God Bless you, Carl Koontz. Thank you for all you have done for everyone.”

— Belinda Wilkerson, Gas City

“Deputy Koontz, the outpouring of stories and love these last few days have given us a picture of a man we wish we had known. It is clear that you made a real difference in the lives of many. And your final sacrifice was no different. Through the stories it is clear that you demonstrated true integrity, compassion and dedication. Thank you for your service.”

— Guardian Angel Hospice, Kokomo

“Thank you for your service, Carl! My heart is extremely heavy for you and your entire family, and they will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I remember as a kid hanging out with Alice and always being at your guys’ house when you would just try and aggravate us girls. You will most definitely be remembered and thought of constantly. My heart aches for your baby boy, but he will always have a guardian angel watching over him. I’m so very sorry this has happened to you. :( Definitely did not deserve it! You definitely are a hero! You have so many people who are here to uplift and support your family, it’s honestly amazing. I’m sure you watched over while the love from people just poured out and will continue to do so. Prayers, Carl. Rest in peace. Thank You. It was an absolute pleasure knowing you.”

— Konnie Taylor and Family, Kokomo

“It’s hard to believe that you’re really gone. We worked together for years, and those memories will last a lifetime. You’re a true hero, and your legacy will live on through your son.”

— Cordell Edwards, Kokomo

“My heart is torn seeing my best friend and her family hurt. I’m so thankful to have gotten to know what a genuinely good man Carl Koontz is! He had such a hilariously dry sense of humor. He was a proud husband and father! He would go to have family dinners at his parents’ home, where he grew up. They would play games and laugh. The Koontz family are a genuine, hard-working and caring all-American family. This just doesn’t seem real! You will be forever admired and missed Carl!”

— Kayla Mullins, Kokomo

“On New Year’s Day 2016 my grandfather passed away in his home. Deputy Koontz was on the scene with our family and spent the entire evening comforting us and explaining what law enforcement was doing every step of the way. Deputy Koontz was professional, compassionate and caring throughout the very long process. My family appreciated Deputy Koontz’s presence and, undoubtedly, this young man brought a sense of peace to a traumatic event. My family and I will always remember him with gratitude. It is heartbreaking to know that his life was cut so short as he had so much to offer to his community and, most of all, to his family. Prayers for peace and comfort go out to his family as well as his law enforcement family. Thank you, Deputy Koontz, for bringing integrity to our community and for your ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace and know that this community will rally around your family in your absence.”

— Laura Crull, Kokomo

“First, I want to say thank you for your service. My family and I are sending many thoughts and prayers to you during this time. I pray that you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. I pray that God gives you and your family peace of mind and wraps his arms around each and every one of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 says ‘Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.’ NLT. I just send this verse your way to know that he is sending peace and that the Lord is with you during this time.”

— Dawn, Kokomo

“Thank you for serving and protecting us, Carl. You will forever be remembered as a true hero. Thanks for all the memories and laughs. We will miss you brother, until we see you again!”

— Matt, Kasey, Braxton and Anna Deeter, Kokomo

“Heroes live Forever. ... Thank you for your Courage and Service.”

— Michael Rizer and Family, Kokomo

“Our hearts are saddened by this tragic loss, a loss for the community, local law enforcement, his friends, and — most of all — his family. Our sympathies and prayers to you all.”

— Kokomo-Howard County Public Library staff, Kokomo

“Thank you, sir for protecting this community and giving your life. We pray for your family and especially your little son and wife. May they find peace in the memories you’ve made with them. Godspeed young man. God bless.”

— Kimberly Johnson, Los Angeles

“Rest in peace, Deputy Koontz. Kokomo/Howard County lost an amazing officer. The outpouring of love and remembrance has been touching. May your wife, son, family, partner, fellow officers and friends find the strength to get through this tough time. The city of Kokomo, as well as the nation, mourns your sacrifice. Again, rest easy, Deputy Koontz. You’ll not be forgotten!”

— Robert and Stacey (Tyler) Newton, Kokomo

“I am so sorry for your loss. I live in Maryville, Tennessee, but I was born in Kokomo, and I wanted to let his family and co-workers know that you all are in my prayers. I didn’t know him but from the news and videos I see he was a great man.”

— Michelle Cannon, Maryville, Tennessee

“Me and my family always listen to the scanner, and that night we were up late, and when they shut if off I knew it was bad. Then the next day we found out Deputy Koontz had been killed in the line of duty. We don’t know him personally, but he was someone who went out every day to protect our community, and we are grateful for that. My heart and prayers go out to his wife, Kassandra, and baby, Noah. May they always know how much we will never forget, and may his memory live on for generations.”

— Laurie Alexander, Kokomo

“Our Thoughts & Prayers go to his Wife, Child, & Family & HCSD for the loss of a dedicated Officer.”

— Jerry L. Ret./HCSD and Deloris A. Evans, Kokomo

“Thank you for a job well done, for going above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you for being a role model for all the young and old of us to follow. Thank you for your bravery. I pray for your family as they go through the mourning process. I pray that they find peace in knowing that when their time comes, you will be waiting on them on the other side. My deepest sympathy goes out to them.”

— Greg and Georgiana Lamb

“So completely saddened by this tragedy that could have been avoided. My heart goes out to his wife and son, and my hope is that his family and community do everything in their power to make sure his son grows up with the full knowledge of the impact that his brave father left on this community and the sacrifice he made to protect others. May his son always hold his head high and be proud of his father’s legacy. Peace and love to his family and loved ones.”

— L. Myers, Kokomo

“Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Be strong and know we are so proud of him, and it was an honor to have him and you in our community.”

— Sue, Kokomo

“My heart goes out to the family, friends and coworkers of Deputy Koontz. May your cherished memories and the love of those around you bring you peace and comfort. Know that you all are in my prayers now and in the days to come. God Bless.”

— Lisa Ayers, Walton

“Thank you for your service and sacrifice, and May God Bless your family!!”

— Amy, Logansport

“Thank you, Deputy Carl Koontz for your service and sacrifice. It has been a honor to work with you. God bless to the Koontz family. May you find peace in this time of sadness.”

— Ezekiel Zimmerman, Kokomo

“Prayers for all of Deputy Koontz’s family and friends.”

— Penny Williams, Russiaville

“He had a smile that would light up the hallway. He never failed to make us laugh and smile. Seeing him in the mornings just started the day off on the right foot! He was always there for us, and we knew we could always go to him for anything. He is greatly loved and missed by Northwestern.”

— Taylor Hunt, Kokomo

“Mister Speaker, I rise today to honor Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz, who was killed in the line of duty this last Sunday.

“Deputy Koontz had strong ties to Howard County. He was a graduate of both Western High School in Russiaville and Indiana University-Kokomo. As a member of the force, he served as a school resource officer, positively impacting the hundreds of students with whom he interacted on a daily basis.

“Deputy Koontz was also a husband, and a father to an 8-month-old son, Noah. Noah will be celebrating Easter this Sunday, without his father and will never know him. I offer my deepest and most heartfelt condolences for the family of Deputy Koontz during this time, and I thank him for all of his hard work and ultimate sacrifice. I also pray for the continued recovery of Sgt. Jordan Buckley, who was also injured on Sunday.”

— Rep. Todd Rokita, delivered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

“Thank you for your service to the people of Howard County.”

— Debra Tucker, Kokomo

“Thank you for your service, sir. You will be greatly missed in our community!”

— Citizen of Howard County, Kokomo

“Thank you, Deputy Koontz for protecting all of us the best you could. We appreciate all you did for Howard County!! We honor you, and you will never be forgotten for your Bravery! You made us proud!”

— Krista and Bart Blackburn, Kokomo

“I just want to offer my deepest condolences to Deputy Koontz’s family, the police force and prayers to everyone. This man was/is a model that all police officers should mold themselves after. My heart, soul and prayers go out to each and everyone. My God Bless You All and keep you all safe in his everlasting and loving embrace. Thank You for All You Did & All the Compassion You showed to others. You may have made that final travel to be we the Good Lord above, but You will NEVER be forgotten. Thank You & God Bless for everything sacrificed and loved in this life. We will all meet again.”

— Dartanion Sutton, Lafayette

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