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Indiana Going Blue Collecting Patches To Make Quilt For Fallen Howard County Deputy's Son
Updated April 7, 2016 11:21 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - A group supporting law enforcement is working on a special project to honor the memory of Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz.

WISH TV reports, officers from all over Indiana came up with the idea to start collecting uniform patches. They want to turn it into something special for the deputy's son.

The group is planning to use the patches as part of a quilt, a gift for Noah to look back on when he's old enough to understand.

"It's heartwarming, it's heartbreaking, it's every emotion you can imagine," said Angi Cheesman, Indiana Going Blue.

Many risk their lives like Deputy Koontz, whose eight-month-old son is too young to understand the impact.

Cheesman and many others want to create that memory for Noah. She's been collecting and organizing the patches with plans to turn it into a quilt.

She said people have already volunteered to help with the sewing.

"It's very touching, there's some that have actually written handwritten letters to the family. There's some that just stick the patches in the envelope," she said. "But each time it's an officer."

Cheesman hopes the quilt provides some comfort for Noah when he's older, knowing that his dad was well-respected, loved, and honored in the community.

"He will never know, never remember or know anything about his father, so the only way he can is through other people," she said.

If you would like to add to the collection, you can send your patch to Indiana Going Blue P.O. Box 17642 Indianapolis, IN 46217.

Cheesman said people have until the end of April to send them.

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