Slain Howard County deputy Carl Koontz and Sgt. Jordan Buckley receive Purple Hearts

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. – Fallen Howard County deputy Carl Koontz and Sgt. Jordan Buckley were honored by the Howard County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday with Purple Heart commendations.

Buckley and Koontz’s family received the award during a special ceremony for Police Week. A Purple Heart is one of the highest honors a member of law enforcement can receive, and it is issued to officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Koontz died in March after being shot while serving a search warrant in Russiaville. Sgt. Jordan Buckley was also injured during the incident.

“I`m very honored to receive them but it’s something that any of us rather go an entire career without ever seeing,” said Buckley.  “I definitely hold these dearly, you know. It’ll be something I’ll pass onto my kids and share the story with them. I’d rather it just been another day and be still all working together and business as usual.”

Buckley returned to work earlier this week.

 

 

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.