Fallen Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis honored nationwide, locally

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been nearly a year since Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was gunned down while on the job. Tuesday, he was honored in the nation's capitol, along with his hometown.

The Bardstown Farmer's Market hosted a memorial for Ellis Tuesday evening. The Farmer's Market then provided a live feed of the national candlelight vigil to honor fallen officers in Washington, D.C., where Ellis was recognized.

"This is a small way for us to show how much we respect each other, because law enforcement is a brotherhood," Sgt. Kevin Burton of Kentucky State Police said.

Chief McCubbin, of the Bardstown Police Department, posted a picture on the department's Facebook page Tuesday, showing the monument where Ellis is honored.

Ellis' name can now be seen at the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. His name is permanently engraved on panel 16W, line 29 of the granite walls.

Tuesday night, his name was read during a candlelight vigil that not only recognized Ellis' and sacrifice, but also as a tribute that he will never be forgotten.

McCubbin says the wall states "It's not how these Officers died, but how they lived".

Amy Ellis, Jason Ellis' widow, issued a statement Tuesday, saying, "I want to thank the community for the unending love, support and prayers that has been poured on our family throughout the past year. It’s unbelievable that is has been a year. I can remember when I thought I couldn’t make it through my next breath let alone a year. We could not have made it this far without the tremendous help from God and the support of everyone around us. Please continue to remember us as we continue trying to put the pieces of our shattered lives together. Continue to pray for healing and justice."

Ellis was killed along Blue Grass Parkway on May 25, 2013.

No arrests have been made in the case. The reward for information leading to an arrest now stands at more than $200,000.

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