Slain police officer honored during Christmas lights display

By: Sam Smith Email
By: Sam Smith Email
The Bardstown community is helping on their fallen heroes.

Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - The Bardstown community is helping on their fallen heroes. Officer Jason Ellis was killed six months ago. The Bardstown policeman left his car to clear debris off a road and was shot and killed.

My Old Kentucky Christmas, an annual Christmas lights display, paid tribute to Ellis. Organizers also collected money and presents for Ellis' two kids.

The home on Glenview Drive in Bardstown uses lights and music to celebrate the holiday season. Tim and Hope Benham have been running the attraction for six years. Sunday was the first night for the light show. The couple paused the show to pay respect to Ellis throughout the night.

"It's just something we felt we needed to do for everybody to remember him and remember that he's not with us but his family still is," said Hope Benham.

Sunday was the only night for the tribute. Organizers will continue to accept donations for the Ellis family. You can see the Christmas display or donate at 128 Glenview Drive in Bardstown.

Police are still searching for the person or people responsible for Ellis' death. The reward in the case is more than $200,000.

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