CLINTON COUNTY — A Carroll County deputy and an off-duty jail deputy were killed in a single-car crash while responding to help a deputy town marshal in Clinton County early Saturday morning, according to state police.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Jeremy Piers said Carroll County Sheriff's Deputy Noah Rainey, who was on-duty, and Jail Deputy Dane Northcutt, who was off-duty and doing a ride-along, were killed.
Around 1:30 a.m., they were responding to help a deputy Rossville town marshal who requested assistance during a traffic stop, Piers said.
Other deputies who were responding to assist the deputy town marshal found the crash on State Road 26 near Washington Street in Sedalia and stopped to help them, Piers said. They both died at the scene.
According to a preliminary investigation, Rainey was driving his sheriff's office issued Dodge Charger when he left the road for an unknown reason and struck a utility pole, Piers said.
"Both of them proudly served their community through the Sheriff's Department," Piers said in a press release. "The Indiana State Police extends our heartfelt condolences to both of their families, friends, and the Carroll County Sheriff's Department."
“I ask for our community to wrap their arms around the Carroll County Sheriff's Office," Clinton County Sheriff Rich Kelly said. "Please pray for our first responders and for the families of these 2 men. Our Chaplains were on scene with us and will continue to be available throughout this process."
"We are heartbroken but will persevere. Early Saturday morning January 29th, 2022, we lost two of our finest Brothers. Deputy Noah Rainey and Jail Officer Dane Northcutt embodied the true meaning of a public servant. The dedication to service to their fellow man was above and beyond. They displayed the heart and soul of the Office of the Carroll County Sheriff and we honor them," Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby
said in a statement. "I am proud of every professional woman and man who is a member of our team. The cohesive nature of our team has been strongly displayed in these past few, precious hours. Words will never fully convey the wonderful love, incredible appreciation, and tremendous support which we have received from members of our community; emergency responders, both locally and throughout the United States; and untold individuals, families, and businesses who have come alongside us in our darkest hour. We stay the course and will see each other through this time. As Sheriff of Carroll County, I personally am thankful for thoughts and prayers extended to our need. Being a man of faith, the words of Jesus resonate in my mind from Matthew 5:4, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ We thank everyone who has extended some form of communication to us. We will endure. With deep respect and gratitude.”
Additional information hasn't been released at this time.
Law enforcement agencies from across the state have shared condolences.
WRTV Real-Time Editor Michelle Kaufman contributed to this report.
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