LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Goodwood Brewing will honor Officer Daniel Ellis, a seven year veteran of the Richmond Police Department, by directing proceeds to Supporting Heroes at the request of Ellis’ wife, Katie. Supporting Heroes is an organization serving the families of people who died in the line of duty.
Ellis, 33, was shot and killed in November 2015 while investigating an attempted gas station robbery. Investigators say Ellis entered the home of Gregory Ratliff and another man, Raleigh Sizemore, shot him in the head. A second officer assisting Ellis discharged his weapon and hit Sizemore. Ellis was rushed to University of Kentucky Medical Center where he would eventually die. Both suspects are scheduled to go on trial in July.
"Daniel was a servant to this community, his church, and his family. He was a selfless person who so often put the needs of his family, job, and our community before his own. My hope is to keep his memory alive by committing to continue the legacy he started," Katie Ellis said.
Goodwood Brewing announced in 2018 it would use the packaging for its American Pale Ale to honor Americans who lost their lives in the line of duty. It will feature different fallen individuals every three to four months.
The cans and draft tags will bear the name of Officer Daniel Ellis along with his watch date beginning in May. A beer release kick-off event will take place Apr. 28 at Paddy Wagon Irish Pub in Richmond. This begins a series of fundraising and promotional events.
Supporting Heroes provides services in Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri.