Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - The reward for information in the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis continues to grow. His fellow officers say they're also working to raise money for his family.
"He was a true hero, role model," said Bardstown Police Captain Tom Roby. "He was a great husband, a great father, a great man, everything he did he did it right."
A plaque with Ellis' face and end of watch date hangs on the wall outside of the police department.
"A lot of times things get stagnant, they don't keep growing, but the community, the public, everybody round here's been very supportive of keeping it going until we get the closure that we're looking for," said Officer David Culler.
That support extends to Officer Ellis' family. Recent fundraisers have brought in thousands and now a small reminder of the officer is helping in that effort. It's a pin replicating a Bardstown Police badge with Ellis' name engraved on the front.
The money raised selling the pins is going to Ellis' memorial fund but another donation is going to help find his killer. On Monday the FBI donated $50,000 to the reward fund, bringing it to $218,000.
"Right now we're just waiting for that one good tip, hopefully the money will do it," Captain Roby said.
The FBI also announced a new poster and digital billboard with information about Ellis' case. Those will be distributed nationwide.