SPRINGFIELD,Mo.– The memory of Greene County Deputy Aaron Roberts is still staying alive.
The community came together Sunday afternoon, nine months after Roberts drowned in his patrol car after it swept off the road by flash-flood waters near Fair Grove in 2018.
Community members and organizations across the Ozarks united to surprise Deputy Roberts’ wife, Kim Roberts to create a vision he once had for his family’s home.
“His dream was to have a backyard makeover for his wife and seven-year-old daughter,” said Michael Ormsby, owner of The Deck Company.
Ormsby’s daughter, Kallie Ormsby, says she watched her dad put long hours into this project for the Roberts family.
“He likes to make people happy, and he has a really big heart,” said Kallie.
The effort had all hands on deck, including the Greene County Sheriff Department, The Deck Company of America, and other organizations.
Project manager, Casey Porter says everyone came together over the weekend to create the surprise while Kim Roberts and her daughter were on vacation.
“It just warms my heart to know and to see people come together rather than fighting,” said Porter.
They added a new deck, hot tub, garden, fire pit, a play area along with a fairy garden.
“I’m just, I don’t know, I’m just so floored,” said Roberts.
Roberts says this surprise is her husbands’ dream come true.
“The garden was his idea, he wanted a garden so he could grow our own food, and he wanted a place for Lydia to play, and a place for our dog to be. So he would absolutely love this,” said Roberts. “Absolutely love this.”
She says while it’s sad he can’t share this with him she’s forever grateful for those who made his dream her reality.
“It eases our life just a little to have just one more little nice thing that we can enjoy,” said Roberts. “You know? Enjoy our summers, and our falls out here and,yeah I’m just grateful.”