BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – On Wednesday, fellow officers, friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers stopped by fallen officer Jason Ellis' visitation to pay their respects.
There are still no concrete leads as to who is responsible for ambushing Officer Ellis on his way home from work.
There were a lot of different emotions as people filed in and out of Ellis' visitation. "It's anger, hurt, sadness all balled up into one," said Elizabeth Buckman, of Bardstown.
Most are still in disbelief that something so horrific could happen here. "It's just not one officer going down, it's like taking on all of us," said Buckman.
Buckman's fiance is a Bardstown police officer. "That could my Bill, in the same boat, so it was hard, it was hard," said Buckman.
Inside the church, as a slideshow gave you a glimpse into the life Officer Ellis leaves behind, Buckman says the most heartbreaking was seeing the family. "It was hard to see the children," said she said.
Meanwhile, dozens of volunteers worked hard to put up 2,300 flags along the 23 mile procession route.
"I really haven't shown my emotions until right now," said Jeff Wimpsett, volunteer.
Even though Wimpsett never knew Officer Ellis, he wanted to do his part.
Milt Spalding is preparing to honor his friend on Thursday. As a Nelson County dispatcher, he really got the chance to know Officer Ellis over the years.
"He was an amazing man, an amazing officer, an amazing friend," said Spalding.
He says fortunately he wasn't working early Saturday morning. "It's a dispatcher's worst nightmare to get that call," said Spalding.
During the funeral on Thursday, Spalding will conduct the last call. "It's the last time we will call him on the radio," said Spalding.
He knows he will have to set his emotions aside. "In 150 year history of the Bardstown PD, we have never had an officer down, so it is never anything we've ever done or planned for, but I'm going to send my friend off with the honor and respect he deserves," said Spalding.
Kentucky State Police will take calls for service in Bardstown on Thursday. Louisville MetroSafe will help with dispatch and at least eight other agencies will assist with the funeral, so Nelson County and Bardstown officers can focus on remembering their fallen friend.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
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