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Donnelly: Eternally grateful for Carl Koontz

Posted at 3:47 PM, Mar 29, 2016

KOKOMO, Ind. -- Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz did his job so others could be safe, Jill Donnelly said at his funeral Tuesday.

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Jill Donnelly spoke on behalf of her husband, Sen. Joe Donnelly, who was out of the country on Senate Armed Services Committee travel

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"Every day our law enforcement professionals and first responders get up, go to work and put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe," Donnelly said. "That's exactly what deputy Koontz and Sgt. Buckley were doing in the early hours of that Sunday morning: their job. They put their lives on the line so that we have the chance to live in safety, and we are eternally grateful."

LISTEN |Final radio call for Dep. Carl Koontz

Watch the full speech from Donnelly in the video player above.

RELATED | Thousands line Deputy Koontz procession route

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