WOODFORD, Ky. (WKYT) - Milk and water jugs are too valuable to waste in Woodford County.
Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department
The recycling center is saving clear, one gallon jugs from the trash and collecting them to make a special memorial to honor fallen Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis.
Donita Lodmell donated a couple empty milk jugs to the cause Friday morning.
She says even though the city where Ellis served is about 45 miles away, she hopes supporting his family will bridge the distance.
"Kentucky is our home and this could happen right here. These people are our neighbors, even though it didn't happen here in Woodford County it doesn't have to be here for it to be someone we care about," she said.
Ellis died May 25, 2013, after he was shot to death while driving home from work in Nelson County.
On the one year anniversary of his death, they plan to put candles in 1,500 jugs and line the road from where he was shot to where he is buried.
"I hope that his family and his officers will see that even in Woodford County, Kentucky we feel bad and we want to help," said recycling center director Sheri McDaniel.
She says they hope the memorial will be a visual reminder that Ellis' murder still hasn't been solved and will lead to a break in the case.
They say until his killer is caught, they plan to keep lighting lanterns to keep his memory alive.
"He and his sacrifice hasn’t been forgotten," said Sgt. Keith Broughton.
The recycling center is accepting tealight candles and milk jug donations until May 20.
Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services in Versailles is also accepting donations for the memorial.