RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Law enforcement officers from across the state gathered this afternoon to remember five killed in the line of duty.
The names of five Kentucky officers who lost their lives were added to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond, bringing the total number of names on the monument to 541.
Louisville Metro Police Officer Nicholas Rodman, Louisville Police Officer James Harrison, Clarkson Police Officer John Skaggs, Salyersville Police Officer Lewis Marshall and Kentucky State Police Trooper David Gibbs were all honored during the morning’s memorial.
Amy Ellis, widow of fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, spoke during the ceremony, recalling the day she got a knock on the door that would change her family’s world forever. Tomorrow, May 25 marks five years since Officer Ellis was shot and killed in the line of duty.
“Looking back now, it feels like a lifetime ago, like it was a different life,” Ellis said.
Amy Ellis says while telling their story is never easy, she hopes to be there for others and give them the encouragement she needed in that time of doubt.
“You know looking at some of the widows that I had met, I thought, ‘Okay, they are still alive. They are making it,’” Ellis said. “You know they were my examples and my encouragement. I hope I can pass that along to others."
A graveside memorial service will be taking place tomorrow in Bardstown to honor and remember Officer Jason Ellis. It is open to the community.