KOKOMO, Ind. — The Kokomo community continues to remember Deputy Carl Koontz who was killed in the line of duty back in March.
The bridge at Markland and Park Avenue is now named the “Deputy Carl A. Koontz Memorial Bridge.”
Koontz was killed while serving a search warrant back in March. The young husband and father was just shy of 27-years-old. Since his death, family, friends and fellow officers have worked on several fundraisers and memorials in honor of Koontz.
“He wouldn’t want me to sit there and be mad, be angry, that’s just not the type of person he was. He was always very forgiving to people and gave people second chances, so I have to do that for him,” Carl’s window Kassie Koontz said during the fundraiser.
Naming the bridge in honor of Deputy Koontz was Kassie's idea. She chose this particular bridge because it's one she drives across every day and so does every deputy. The bridge is right down the road from the Howard County Sheriff's Office.
"We are never going to forget him but this gives us another opportunity to remind all of those who come behind us who Carl was and what Carl did for this community," explains Sheriff Steve Rogers, with the Howard County Sheriff's Office.
There’s still an active Indiana State Police investigation into the shooting where Koontz was killed. The findings from that investigation have not yet been released.
Last week, there was a golf tournament fundraiser for a memorial scholarship in his honor. Organizers raised nearly $15,000 and surrounded Carl’s family with support.
On Saturday, Koontz's son will be given a quilt made with law enforcement patches from all over the world.