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A final goodbye to Officer Jason Ellis

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There wasn't even a place to stand the day a city and state said goodbye to someone who truly did make this world a better place. There wasn't even a place to stand the day a city and state said goodbye to someone who truly did make this world a better place.
Thousands gathered in Bardstown Thursday for the funeral of Officer Jason Ellis. Thousands gathered in Bardstown Thursday for the funeral of Officer Jason Ellis.
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BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - It was a day to remember, pay respect and seek comfort. Thousands gathered in Bardstown Thursday for the funeral of Officer Jason Ellis ambushed on his way home from work Saturday morning.

There wasn't even a place to stand the day a city and state said goodbye to someone who truly did make this world a better place. Addressing Officer Ellis' wife, police chaplain Dr. Tom Mobley said, "Amy, I just want to say to you this room is packed. There are people standing double around. There are hundreds in the overflow areas and other parts of this church."

Whether they knew him or not, everyone who attended Officer Ellis' funeral left with a new goal. "May we make it part of our own life mission to ensure that he is never forgotten, that he is forever honored," request Officer Ellis' brother-in-law Brandon Young.

A goal that was reinforced by the eulogy given by those who knew Officer Ellis the best. As a child, he made lasting impressions. "He was one kid that could be two places at once, ya know?" explained Officer Ellis' childhood pastor Brent Shook. "Thank God for his mother Pam who could always keep him in line."

That rambunctious nature stayed with him into his career as a police officer. Even during a ceremony that had people wiping tears, the memories of Officer Ellis turning an elegant Christmas party into an ugly Christmas sweater party could make them laugh at the same time. "He joked with me," said Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin. "He came up and said, 'Chief, I'm glad to see you're participating in the ugly sweater contest.' I said 'I'm not.'"

As much effort as Officer Ellis took cracking jokes, he did the same taking pride in his job. "For whatever reason, if you ever were at his home and had to use the restroom, it was wallpapered in articles and pictures of his arrests," said Chief McCubbin. "He was proud of what he did, the drugs he took off the streets and the criminals that he arrested."

He put even more effort into his family. "It seemed like Jason was always the one trying to organize time for our families to get together," Young told the crowd. Young said he put that effort into his friendships too. "He took the time to listen to what you had to say. He genuinely cared about his friends and their happiness."

Before making sure those stories are not forgotten, the overwhelming number of men and women in blue who said goodbye graveside know they have one more mission. It's to find whoever took their future stories of Officer Jason Ellis away from them.

"Jason, my friend, rest easy. We've got it from here," said Chief McCubbin.

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