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FOP chapter to hold benefit for family of murdered Bardstown officer

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Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department) Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Louisville chapter of the largest professional police organization in the country plans to celebrate the life of fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.

The event, hosted by the River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614, will include a fundraiser to benefit Ellis' widow Amy Ellis and the couple's two sons, Parker and Hunter, ages 6 and 7.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and their spouses are expected to attend the event, which will be held Saturday, June 22 at the FOP Lodge at 6204 Price Lane in Louisville. The FOP is requesting donations of products or merchandise to be auctioned or raffled. Anyone who would like to make a donation should call Anita Simkins with the FOP at 502-968-0117.

WAVE 3 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Harned will serve as the event's auctioneer. WAVE 3 News Anchor Dawne Gee will be the host.

The River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614 represents Louisville Metro Police officers.

"Last week was an emotional day for Bardstown, Kentucky and officers everywhere," said Dave Mutchler, president of River City FOP 614 in a news release. "Losing one of our everyday heroes is always heartbreaking, and in the case of Officer Jason Ellis, it is especially difficult."

Ellis, 33, was gunned down early on the morning of May 25 after moving brush that police said was intentionally left on an exit ramp off the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. Investigators have said Ellis was deliberately ambushed as he drove home from his shift.

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