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

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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.



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