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Community lines procession route to pay respect to fallen officer

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People working inside the Nelson County Courthouse stopped what they were doing to watch as more than 800 cars slowly passed through on the 23 mile route. People working inside the Nelson County Courthouse stopped what they were doing to watch as more than 800 cars slowly passed through on the 23 mile route.

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – For more than hour, people in Bardstown stood in silence to pay their respects to fallen officer Jason Ellis. "We just felt like we needed to come out here and honor him," said Beverly Smith, of Bardstown. "He coached our grandson in T-ball last year, so it just feels like we needed to do this for him and his family."

While most may never have known Officer Ellis, it didn't matter. "He seemed to be such a fine family man and such a fine man, it really meant a lot to me," said Doug Dickson.

People working inside the Nelson County Courthouse stopped what they were doing to watch as more than 800 cars slowly passed through on the 23 mile route.

"I think it gives everybody a chance to show their appreciation for the officer and show how much they care for law and order and it just means something, the more that's here, the more it means," said Dickson.

Even the McDonald's across the street from the police department closed during the procession, so employees could pause to remember.

"I'm very proud of Bardstown," said Bell Downs, of Bardstown.

Perhaps the most moving was seeing all the different law enforcement agencies in the procession from all across the state. There were even officers from Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.

"It was just amazing to see so many officers with their lights on and it just gave me chills to see that so many paid their respect to Mr. Ellis," said Downs.

As officer Ellis made his final ride through the Bardstown Police Department, some bowed their head just hoping for justice soon.

"We just hope and pray that they resolve it and find out who did it," said Bill Smith, Bardstown. 

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