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Community members pitch in to help family of murdered officer

Jason Ellis
Bardstown Police Department

Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - While the search continues for the killer of a murdered police officer, community members continue to rally for Officer Jason Ellis.

Someone shot and killed the Bardstown officer nearly two weeks ago, on an exit ramp of the Bluegrass Parkway, but the people of Bardstown who were touched in one way or another by Ellis are doing what they can for him and his family.

This morning there were about a hundred of these Officer Jason Ellis memorial t-shirts on these shelves. Now, there are only a handful left and they're spoken for. The shop owner says by the end of the week she expects to sell 500.

Inside 3D Graphics, the phone's been ringing. Almost every hour, someone calls from out of state.

On Monday Jennifer Waldron started selling these t-shirts to benefit Officer Ellis' family.

"They want to do something. They want to help." Waldron says, "They think this is a horrible tragedy, which it is, and they want to do something to support the family."

And we're not talking about just a few shirts. Since Monday, she's sold more than three hundred, many of them headed places far away from Bardstown.

"Ontario, Canada, California," Waldron says, "we've gotten them from Las Vegas, we've gotten them from New Jersey."

Waldron said she knew Ellis through the shop when he'd come in to get baseball gear for kids he coached. She hopes it will help the Ellis family stay strong.

"It's important so the Ellis family and the rest of the family, which is the thin blue like family in this community, knows that we're all behind them and we support them 100%."

Half of the profits will go to Ellis' family, the other half to the reward.

"Hopefully it will help take care of the Ellis family and hopefully we won't have to give any more to the reward because, by all means, let this man be caught and brought to justice and it'll be done."

Mrs. Waldron says she'll begin making Officer Ellis baseball caps next week because Ellis was such a big baseball fan.

The t-shirts are $15 each.

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