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Bardstown Police Department moves on with heavy hearts

Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department) Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department)
Caroline Ritter Caroline Ritter
Sheila Lyvers Sheila Lyvers
Captain Tom Roby Captain Tom Roby
Eric Johnson Eric Johnson

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – It has been nearly seven weeks and there is still no clue as to who killed Bardstown Police officer Jason Ellis. The time passed doesn't lessen how important the case is or how people in that community feel.

Just about everywhere you look around Bardstown, you can find Ellis.

"All down the streets and the stores, newspapers it's everywhere," said Bardstown resident Caroline Ritter.

"He is a hero we always want to remember him, never forget him never," said Bardstown resident Sheila Lyvers.

Store after store, his picture is in just about every the window.

"There is no closure we have to find out who did this," said Lyvers.

Outside the Bardstown Police Department, the granite plaque memorial of Ellis was mounted on Wednesday. Time has taken its toll on the ribbons outside the police department. But the time hasn't changed how the department feels.

"Every day, every day," said Captain Tom Roby. "Say a prayer every night. During my grace when I'm eating when I think of Jason I say a prayer."

Ellis was on his way home early on the morning of May 25 when he ambushed and killed after clearing debris from an exit ramp of the Bluegrass Parkway. Roby said the small department of 25 officers carries the pain of losing Ellis, but still finds a way to move forward. They are still busy with cases of their own.

"For a small community we generate a lot of activity," said Roby. "Heroin, meth cases here, burglary, robberies, assaults."

Eric Johnson from Supporting Heroes has spent time with Ellis's wife, Amy.

"So much is unknown," said Johnson. "By all appearances this was cold calculated targeted assassination and that cuts deep."

Johnson said someone from either the Bardstown Police Department or Nelson County Sheriff's Department is there for Amy around the clock.

"She is not being left alone there is tremendous support," said Johnson. "It's really amazing."

The badge work by Jason Ellis has been retired, but people aren't ready to retire his memory.

"I'm not sure the community is ready to move on, we are going to have to deal with this day to day basis hopefully a lot of prayers will be answered," said Lyvers.

As there is still no arrest in this case, Roby said we should learn more in the next few days about the growing reward fund.

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