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IMPD officer creates stirring tribute for son of fallen deputy Carl Koontz

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 1, 2016) – When the widow of Deputy Carl Koontz spoke at her husband’s funeral this week, she asked those in attendance to keep his memory alive for their son, Noah.

“If you see Noah down the road, when he’s older, if you could just say you were at his dad’s funeral, that would mean so much to him. I just want him to realize who his dad was,” Kassandra Koontz said during Tuesday’s service.

An Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer is living up to those words. Ron Shellnut, a K-9 officer at IMPD, posted a video tribute to Koontz on YouTube. He said he made it for Noah, who is now eight months old.

Here’s what Shelnutt wrote about the video, which uses drone footage to document Koontz’s funeral:

I was at your Dad’s funeral. I never met your father, but from what I saw and heard on this day, he was loved and admired by many. I was ask by the Indiana State Police to come and film your fathers services. They will make their own video for your family and the public. I made this video for you, knowing that you will not remember this day. I hope, in some small way, when you are older this video helps you see what happened. Police officers and deputies from around the country came to see your father and to honor him. Citizens of Howard County and from all around Indiana came out to show respect and to say thank you to your Dad. I hope to meet you some day and tell you what I saw.

Kind Regards,

Ron Shelnutt
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police
K9 Unit

Koontz died after being shot while serving a warrant in Russiaville on March 20. Sgt. Jordan Buckley was hurt during the incident.

Koontz was laid to rest Tuesday in Kokomo. Hundreds of people attended his memorial at Northwestern High School, where he served as a resource officer.