INDIANAPOLIS — Two more names have been added to the Indiana Law Enforcement and Firefighters Memorial.
A ceremony Wednesday evening saluted Fort Wayne police officer Kenneth Hayden and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility guard Timothy Betts as their names joined more than 700 others on the memorial near the Indiana Statehouse.
Hayden died in 1989 from complications of a gunshot wound he had received during a robbery call years earlier. Officials didn’t realize until recently that his death qualified as a line-of-duty death, The Indianapolis Star reported.
Joe Hayden, of Fort Wayne, attended the ceremony to see his father’s name added to the memorial.
“He was my hero, just like most dads are,” Hayden said. “I was 17 when he died, so we all miss him.”
Betts died in August 2012 of a heart attack while moving an inmate at the prison near Carlisle in southwestern Indiana’s Sullivan County.
The addition of Betts and Hayden increases the number of law-enforcement officials engraved on the memorial to 403, said Molly Winters-Carie, chairman of the memorial. More than 300 firefighters’ names also are listed.
Gov. Mike Pence told those at the ceremony that the names on the memorial “are men and women who have rendered the ultimate service.”
“We have no citizens who have earned more honor than those who have paid that last full measure of devotion,” Pence said.
— The Associated Press