Kentucky officers killed in the line of duty honored at memorial in Richmond

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - A special honor Wednesday for officers killed in the line of duty. A tribute to Kentucky officers took place during an annual ceremony at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond.

Hundreds of people attended the memorial, honoring Kentucky officers who died in 2013, including Bardstown's Jason Ellis.

Ellis was killed in an ambush on May 25, 2013. His killer has never been found.

The other name added to the memorial is McCracken County Sheriff's Deputy, Chad Shaw, who had a heart attack in the line of duty.

Governor Steve Beshear spoke about the loss of both men and thanked their families for their service. Officer Ellis's widow, Amy, was at the ceremony, as well as Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin, who spoke about officer Ellis and the impact his death has had on their community.

After the ceremony, dozens, including a group of Bardstown officers made their way to the memorial to make a rubbing of officer Ellis's name.

The names of seven other officers who died between 1908 and 2012 were also added. Those names weren't on the Kentucky memorial before, because one of the qualifications is that the officers name be on the national law enforcement memorial.

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