Correctional Officer Timothy Betts
Indiana Department of Correction, Indiana
End of Watch: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: August 26, 2012
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: In custody
Agency Contact Information
Commissioner Bruce Lemmon
Indiana Department of Correction
302 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 232-5780
Correctional Officer Tim Betts suffered a fatal heart attack while escorting an unruly inmate to the segregation unit at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
He suddenly collapsed as he and other officers moved the inmate. The other officers immediately began CPR and used an automated external defibrillator until an ambulance arrived. Officer Betts was transported to Sullivan County Community Hospital where he passed away a short time later.
Officer Betts had served with the Indiana Department of Correction for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
CARLISLE —- An apparent heart attack claimed the life of a Wabash Valley Correctional officer on Sunday afternoon.
Timothy Betts, 51, of Jasonville, collapsed while assisting in the escort of an unruly offender to segregation, according to WVCF Public Information Officer Richard Larsen.
"Medical staff began CPR and utilized the AED (automated external defibrillator) and continued CPR until an ambulance arrived. Officer Betts was rushed to Sullivan County Community Hospital. At 2:30 p.m. the facility was notified Officer Betts had passed away. An autopsy will take place today," Larsen stated in a prepared news release.
Betts began his career at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in May 1997.
The Greene County native received numerous letters of appreciation and commendation for his outstanding service and dedication to duty.
WVCF Superintendent Richard Brown expressed his condolences to his family on behalf of the facility saying, "Tim Betts was a consummate professional and a true role model. His co-workers knew they could depend on him, that Tim would cover their back if anything happened."
"A young officer told me that he hoped when he is 51 years old he will be like the husband, father and grandfather that Tim Betts was to his family. Tim will be greatly missed"
Funeral arrangements are pending at Cox Funeral Home in Jasonville.