HOWARD COUNTY (WISH) — Services for fallen Deputy Carl Koontz began on Monday afternoon.
The visitation was held at Northwestern High School from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.
At Northwestern High School and all around town, you can find tributes to Deputy Koontz. Blue ribbons, signs and American flags decorate the high school while dozens of homes have blue lights on their porches.
“By simply putting on his uniform and going to work everyday, Carl made this county a better place to live,” said Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers.
The community has been in mourning since last weekend, when Deputy Koontz was shot and killed while serving a warrant.
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Hundreds of people paid their respects Monday at the visitation. Deputy Koontz leaves behind his wife and 8-month-old baby boy. The Koontz family wanted to have the visitation and funeral at the high school, where he worked part time as a school resource officer.
Those who came to the visitation included Dan and Becky Pearson. Their son, Denny Pearson, a Tipton County Deputy was killed while off-duty in 2011 after being electrocuted.
“You can’t do it on your own and those people have nothing but the best for her (Kassandra),” said Dan Pearson.
Next week will be five years since Deputy Pearson was killed.
For the law enforcement officers, they say these moments bring pause about their own careers
“It can bring a reality check to your job and to your training, but we’re all aware of the situation and what happens out there everyday,” said Sgt Rich Myers of the Indiana State Police.
The procession escorting the body of Deputy Koontz left the funeral home at 7:47 a.m. The procession arrived at the school shortly after.
The body of Deputy Koontz will remain at the school with a guard until the funeral Tuesday. The funeral will start at 11 a.m. with the burial directly after. The public is invited to line the procession route Tuesday morning.
A fund has been established for the Koontz family.