Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department)
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Another prominent businessman has put in a big donation to help find the person who murdered a Bardstown police officer. Restaurateur Jeff Ruby said Monday person with information that leads to an arrest gets $33,000 of his money. That's separate of the growing reward fund established by Bardstown Police.
The place where a Bardstown Police car covered in flowers, candles and baseballs honoring Officer Jason Ellis sat returned to an average parking spot Monday. Four days after burying their officer ambushed on his way home from work, his police family struggles to find normalcy.
"We still have a job to do. We still have our regular calls for service we have to make. It's a great balancing act right now," said Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin.
Looking at the stack of mail triple what it used to be proves nothing is normal. Tucked among the bills and junk are checks.
"I've seen checks for up to $10,000," said McCubbin. "I've seen checks for $25. People that just want to help in any way they can."
Before the police department staff can sort through them all, someone else shows up with another.
"My husband's a state police officer and we feel this is what we need to do," said Rebecca Medley as she handed over two checks. One check is meant for the reward fund, the other to help Officer Ellis' widow Amy and his six and seven-year-old sons.
"I hope they get them," said Medley. "Definitely."
The motivations for sending the checks differ for everyone.
"Some are angry. Some are upset. They just want to help," explained McCubbin.
That emotion adds up to $125,000. McCubbin hopes it will encourage the person out there who knows what happened to speak up. "That is a lot of money to some people. That's four or five years of working to combine that."
Cleaning up Officer Ellis' temporary memorial won't be enough to get back to normal, but catching his killer might.
You can donate to either fund - the reward or the money for the family - at any Wilson and Muir bank or by mailing the check to the police department. Their address is 212 Plaza Dr, Bardstown, KY 40004.
If you have information that could help the investigation, call Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:06:24 GMT
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