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Community honors fallen Howard County deputy Carl Koontz on one-year anniversary

HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. – Today marks one year since Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz was killed in the line of duty.

He was shot in the early morning hours of March 20, 2016 while trying to serve arrest and search warrants at the home of suspect Evan Dorsey. Dorsey shot also shot Sergeant Jordan Buckley before he killed himself.

Koontz left behind his wife Kassie and their young son Noah who was just 8-months-old when his father was killed.

Koontz worked as a school resource officer for Northwestern School Corporation in Kokomo, and today students and staff at Northwestern Elementary School will wear t-shirts sold in Koontz’s honor.

There will also be a memorial service at the school tonight at 7:30.

Additionally, a moment of silence in his memory was held at 11 a.m. and a balloon release was done at Albright Cemetery at 5:45 p.m.

State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) honored Koontz Monday on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives.

“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.”

Sheriff Steve Rogers said the year has been rough, but it has brought the Howard County Sheriff's Office closer together.

"We're always gonna miss Carl. His family's always going to miss him, but we do not want him to be forgotten," Rogers said.

Rogers added the events surrounding the death of Koontz are still being investigated by the Indiana State Police.