MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -
Several of our Kentucky heroes traded in their work uniforms for a different kind of uniform Saturday. Several firefighters, police officers, and EMS officials played softball for ,"Supporting Heroes."
"Our mission is to support the families of police officers, firefighters, and EMS workers who give their lives in the line of duty," says Supporting Heroes, Executive Director, Eric Johnson.
The softball fundraiser was planned long before the murder of Bardstown Police Officer, Jason Ellis.
"Jason was supposed to play in this tournament with us. He had talked about coming down here," says Reece Riley, a deputy with the Nelson County Sheriff's Office.
It was tough for the Nelson County emergency responders to play without on of their own. But, the Nelson County team which was made up of police officers, sheriff's deputies and EMS workers came up with a way to honor him.
"We just called ourselves team, Jason Ellis. On the back, we're wearing his number 139. We're out here honoring Jason as much as we can," adds Riley.
Supporting heroes played a large role in helping the Nelson community heal following Ellis's murder. His teammates are also proud to give back.
"We've enjoyed being out here. Unfortunately, we obviously wish Jason had been here with us. But we've had a good time. The competition and the camaraderie," says Michael Clark, a deputy with the Nelson County Sheriff's Office.
"We know it's not a question of if another police officer will fall in Kentucky or an EMS, or firefighter will fall...it's a matter of when. Our organization needs to be ready, strong, and be able to do the best that we can to support the families in the agencies following those tragedies," says Johnson.