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Baseball family honors family of slain Bardstown officer

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Parker Ellis threw the first pitch Tuesday night. Parker Ellis threw the first pitch Tuesday night.
Hunter and Amy Ellis Hunter and Amy Ellis

CINCINNATI (WAVE) - The family of slain Bardstown Police officer Jason Ellis made a public appearance Tuesday night in front of thousands of Cincinnati Reds fans who wanted to honor the fallen hero.

Officer Jason Ellis played in the Red's farm system. His widow, Amy Ellis, said it was his dream to play baseball and to be a police officer. At the game, he was honored for both in the major leagues.

At Great American Ballpark, America's favorite pastime honored America's heroes, specifically one of ours.

During the Red's Police and Firefighter Appreciation Night, the former baseball family of Officer Ellis wanted his other family to know how special he was.

With his picture on the scoreboard, the announcer told the crowd that Officer Ellis was taken from his community and his family much too soon, but told them he will forever be remembered by his beloved wife Amy and two sons Parker and Hunter.

According to Amy Ellis, it would be hard to find an officer in Kentucky or Ohio who loved baseball and police work as much as her husband did.

Before becoming a police officer, Officer Ellis was an outstanding catcher who set records in high school and college going on to play in the Reds farm system. With mom, brother Hunter and plenty of friends and family standing by in T-shirts dedicated to Jason and his police unit, the Reds held a moment of silence for the family, named both of Jason's boys team captains and asked young Parker to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

With a good solid throw and Parker put the ball in the air with no hesitation, just like his Dad would. The pitch got a standing ovation.

Sergeant Robert Rose said of Ellis's death, "It's a very unfortunate loss that we suffered in Kentucky and my heart goes out to the family, friends and the other officers."

After high five'ing star pitcher Bronson Arroyo, Reds Coach Billy Hatcher let Parker take the line-up card to the umpires.

The kids got autographs, posed for pictures and met Red's Manager Dusty Baker.

Amy Ellis has said her husband left the baseball diamond behind when she had pregnancy complications. He wanted to be closer to home with his boys.

Because the night was emotional, Amy Ellis didn't talk to the media, but officers from across Kentucky and Ohio were happy to do the talking for her.

"We all feel that pain," Sergeant Rose said, "Several of our officers went down there (Bardstown) when they had the funeral and showed the support through our department."

Fans were reminded as the investigation continues into who murdered Officer Ellis.

There's an e-mail now specifically for the case, EllisCaseEtips@ky.gov.

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