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WVCF officer who died in line of duty honored Wednesday in Washington D.C.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Timothy Betts
Greene County native and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Officer Timothy Betts was honored Wednesday during a memorial ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

Betts, a 15-year WVCF correctional officer, died in the line of duty Aug. 26, 2012.

Betts, of Jasonville, collapsed from an apparent heart attack while assisting in the escort of an unruly offender to the segregation unit at the prison, according to WVCF Public Information Officer Richard Larsen.

Betts, 51, had received numerous letters of appreciation and commendation for his outstanding service and dedication to duty at the prison.

Betts is survived by his wife, Gloria, daughters Amy and Ashley; a son, Timothy II and grandchildren, Brylea and Adilea.

His daughter, Amy Barton, said the family was pleased with the recognition.

"Our family is just very, very humbled that so many people have reached out to us. We are very humbled and blessed to have had our Dad in our lives for as long as we did," she commented.

The event Wednesday was one of many in nation's capital and throughout the country during National Police Week 2013, which runs through Saturday.

Betts' mother, Mrs. Theodore Betts, from Jasonville, said her son was a good law enforcement officer.

"We are very proud of him and wish he was still here with us," his mother said.

The memorial features two curving blue-gray marble walls over 300 feet long. It includes the names of more than 19,000 officers who have died in the line of duty. Each spring, new names of fallen officers are added to the monument.

Betts' name was among the 321 officers who were added to the memorial wall this year, Larsen said.

Indiana Department of Correction Deputy Commissioner of Operations James Basinger attended the ceremony. He noted the site is visited by nearly a quarter million people each year.

In September, Betts will also be honored with his name inscribed on the Indiana Law Enforcement and Firefighters Memorial in Indianapolis.

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A great man is gone and he will forever be in ours hearts. We love and miss you every day. We will see you again in Heaven. Your granddaughters love you more than anything. The family of fallen officer Betts! We love you dad!

-- Posted by jerodben99 on Thu, May 16, 2013, at 4:46 PM

Tim was a wonderful friend and always had the backs of fellow officers. He did his job in order to keep others safe inside and outside the prison walls.

He would be saying he doesn't deserve all the recognition and honors that have been bestowed upon him. He would say he was just doing his job.

Well he does deserve everything that has been said and done to honor him. He was an outstanding officer that kept watch over all other officers on his bracket. He was always ready to help anyone even if it was just to pass lunch trays or give bathroom breaks. His most important thing was that every officer go home at the end of their shift. Well he didn't go home to his family, he went home to God during his shift. It is an afternoon that none there will forget. Many hearts broke as that last call was made.

Rest in peace Tim, we on I Bracket have it from here on out and wish only for peace and good fortune for your loved ones. Prayers and Hugs out to the family of Tim Betts, he will never be forgotten.

-- Posted by winke56 on Thu, May 16, 2013, at 7:03 PM

He was a great guy who certainly deserves this honor. In the year that I had the opportunity to work with him he was a great guy who took his job seriously and knew how to have a good time also. I always loved getting to work with him. Glad our nation can recognize people like Betts and his family should be very proud of him. His mother did a great job!!

-- Posted by linton_momma on Sat, May 18, 2013, at 1:30 AM

Don't worry, his family is proud of him more than you will ever know. I am his daughter. He was a great man, and is missed very dearly by us all.

-- Posted by jerodben99 on Sat, May 18, 2013, at 7:27 PM

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