JASONVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - Since 1962, the nation has recognized the week of May 15th as National Police Week. It's an opportunity for the nation to pay respect to those that serve and those that have fallen in the line of duty.
Back in Jasonville, Ind. one family is still mourning the loss of their father, but remembering him with a memorial of their own.
You look at Tim and Gloria Betts' yard and you can see the meticulous detail that went into their landscaping; from the neatly trimmed grass to the different garden displays. Every inch watched over by Tim.
"He was in the yard all the time until it was dark that was his thing,"Tim's daughter Amy Barton said Thursday.
For 15 years Betts oversaw a different sort of crop, inmates at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, where he was an officer.
But that changed in August of 2012, when an inmate got into a struggle with Betts, giving him a heart attack.
"We went to the hospital and they took us off in the little room and the doctor came in and there wasn't anything they could do," Barton said tearfully. "He passed (away) at work."
That's why this week has taken on so much more meaning to the Betts family. They are finding a way to mourn their loss, but remember their hero and father in a way special to him.
How? By working on his personal masterpiece, the lawn.
"We got him the flag pole for Father's Day it was already up and he had a place already down for the circle and he passed away before he got to (finish it.)" Barton said. "So mom said "that's gonna be his garden."
But what has really been planted in his garden are memories. Those memories are watered by pictures of Tim and the family and nurtured by knick knacks.
All placed to create a perennial that will never wilt: A personal memorial that keeps Timothy Betts memory alive through every season.
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