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Louisville FOP honors family of fallen Bardstown officer

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Amy Ellis Amy Ellis
People perused more than $40,000 dollars of merchandise that was donated for auction and raffle. People perused more than $40,000 dollars of merchandise that was donated for auction and raffle.
Amy Ellis was presented with a custom blue line ring. Amy Ellis was presented with a custom blue line ring.
Anita Simkins Anita Simkins
The line is meant to represent the way police separate the good from the evil. The line is meant to represent the way police separate the good from the evil.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hundreds of police officers and their families gathered in Louisville on Saturday at the River City Fraternal Order of Police lodge. They were there for a benefit to support the family of fallen Bardstown officer Jason Ellis.

"I had people ask, 'Why did Louisville do this when he wasn't a Louisville officer?'," said Bardstown Chief Rick McCubbin, "But that's just the way the police do it. We take care of each other."

It has been nearly a month since Officer Ellis was brutally murdered when he stepped out of his cruiser to clear debris from the roadway. Days after the ambush, Ellis' cruiser was draped in black garb with a blue line. At the benefit, Ellis' wife, Amy, was presented with a custom made blue line ring. The blue line represents the police-who separate good from evil. The ring will serve as a reminder that Ellis' family will always have a helping hand through the FOP.

"This shows them that the community does care. And that is important, they need to know," said organizer Anita Simkin.

Simkin came up with the idea to host a live and silent auction during the benefit a couple of weeks ago, with a goal of raising $10,000 dollars for Amy and her two small sons. Simkins said it snowballed from there. Donations to be auctioned off flooded in, including jewelry, guns, a kayak, and collectable bottles of liquor.
 
When it was all said and done, $40,000 in merchandise and services had been donated for live and silent auction and raffle.

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