Eight Mineral County Sheriff’s Office deputies and personnel gathered with thousands on Thursday, Aug. 20 when Carson City Sheriff Deputy Carl Howell was laid to rest.
Howell was shot and killed when he responded to a domestic battery call on Aug. 15. As other officers tended to the injured woman, Howell was ambushed by the male subject while trying to make contact. The subject mortally wounded Howell but not before Howell was able to return fire and kill the subject.
Honored to be part of the procession carrying Howell from Carson City to Reno, Mineral County Sheriff’s deputies were touched by the outpouring off appreciation for not only the fallen officer but for all law enforcement officers, as a whole.
“An outpouring of support from the public was shown as we came together for one of our own,” Sheriff Randy Adams said.
Drawn together by an oath of office, mourners would hear of the courageous acts Howell have achieved, his sense of humor and use of ‘the word of the day’.
When the end of call for Howell was broadcast throughout the Reno Event Center, silence enveloped the room. The only voice to be heard would be that of Howell’s dispatcher calling for the fallen officer.
“This is the last call for Patrol Deputy Carl Howell, unit number 5466,” dispatch would call out.
She would finally inform radio listeners that Howell was 10-42 (ending his tour of duty).
“Anytime you hear the tone, it makes your hair stand on end,” Undersheriff Bill Ferguson said.
Howell left behind a wife and four children. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran.
Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell said during the funeral, “It is said that the measure of great people is their service to others. Those who wear the uniform of police officers, and indeed all of our first responders, wake up each and every day, leave the comfort and security of their homes, leave the comfort of their families, and walk into danger. Danger that you and I don’t want to experience. They don’t do it for fame or glory. They don’t do it for money. They do it to keep our communities safe for all of us. They do this for us.”
“We will continue to keep watch,” Adams concluded.