High school retiring jersey number of fallen police officer

Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKYT) - Nearly a year after Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis's murder, his alma mater in Ohio is honoring his legacy.

Glen Este High School will retire Officer Ellis's baseball jersey Saturday night.

When Ellis finished school, he signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. All he wanted from the team was a new catcher's mitt and a plane ticket to spring training.

"He didn't do it to get something out of it. He did it because he loved it," explained sister Lacey Young, "yes, he was a ballplayer. Yes, he was a policeman - police officer. Yes all these things, but first and foremost he was a family man and he loved his family."

On Saturday, Glen Este High School in Cincinnati will retire Ellis's number "9" before the team's game.

"This is a young man who became a service oriented, character-driven adult. And that's something to be proud of," said Glen Este Baseball Head Coach Mike Hatfield.

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