CARROLL COUNTY – “We are heartbroken but will persevere.”
Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby released this statement on Monday, Jan. 31, following the deaths of two deputies from his department. Deputy Noah Rainey and Jail Deputy Dan Northcutt were killed in a single-vehicle crash while responding to call to assist a Rossville Town Marshal. Deputy Rainey was on duty at the time of the crash. Jail Deputy Northcutt was on a ride-along but not on duty at the time of the crash.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a Rossville Deputy Town Marshal attempted to conduct a traffic stop on State Road 26, but the vehicle failed to stop, and the Town Marshal requested assistance. Deputy Rainey was en route to assist the Deputy and driving an issued Carroll County Sheriff’s Department Dodge Charger. Deputy Rainey was traveling eastbound on State Road 26 approaching Washington
Street in Clinton County when, for an unknown reason, his vehicle left the south side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.
Other officers responding to the Rossville Deputy Town Marshal, came upon the crash and began to render medical aid. Despite lifesaving efforts, Deputy Rainey, and Jail Deputy Northcutt, were pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.
“Early Saturday morning, Jan. 29, 2022, we lost two of our finest Brothers,” Leazenby said. “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.”
On Sunday, Jan. 30, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Department patrol car was placed outside the department to serve as a memorial for the two deputies.
“I am proud of every professional woman and man who is a member of our team,” Leazenby said. “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.”
Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation has established an official memorial fund to honor Deputy Rainey and Jail Deputy Northcutt.
The foundation has been designated by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department as the official fundraiser to accept monetary donations on behalf of both families. Anyone who is wishing to donate can visit the 1st Financial Bank in Delphi, IN. There are two separate foundations established, and those donations will go directly to the families of Deputy Rainey and Jail Deputy Northcutt.
Donations can also be made by visiting indianafallen.org/fallen-heroes.