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Pence: Deputy Koontz was an 'Indiana hero'

Posted at 3:01 PM, Mar 29, 2016

KOKOMO, Ind. -- Gov. Mike Pence joined mourners Tuesday at the funeral for fallen Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz.

Pence was among a number of speakers, including Congresswoman Susan Brooks, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and Koontz's wife, Kassandra.

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"On this day it's our duty to stand with you on behalf of all the people of Indiana to honor the life and the passing of an Indiana hero: Deputy Carl Koontz," Pence said. life and the passing of an Indiana hero: Deputy Carl Koontz."

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"He volunteered beyond his shift to assist other officers, and, without regard for his personal safety, he put himself in harm's way," Pence said. This was a courageous man. Teddy Roosevelt said the darker the night, the bolder the lion. And this man went in in the dark of night. And his courage saved lives – of his fellow officers and of his community. Truly no greater love was in evidence that night. As Sgt. Buckley said: That's just who Deputy Koontz was."

Watch Gov. Pence's full speech in the video player above.

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