Holiday light show helps family of murdered officer - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Holiday light show brightens Christmas for family of murdered officer

Posted: Updated:

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It has been six months since a beloved Bardstown Police Officer was murdered but neighbors are still supporting his family.  
 
Sunday night friends and colleagues attended a Christmas light show to help make the holidays a little bit brighter for the fallen officer's family.

The Benham family started putting on a Christmas light show six years ago. They estimate that the show attracts 1,000 viewers yearly. According to their website, "The light show consists of over 32,000 lights and over 100 computer controlled channels of animation! Connecting all those lights takes well over one mile of extension cords!"
 
This year they wanted to add an extra special twist to the show.

On opening night, the show paid tribute to Officer Jason Ellis. Their lights were programmed to flicker to the tunes of the police "Final Call" and "Amazing Grace."  
 
Also new this year, the Benham's placed a box outside their home to take donations for Jason Ellis' wife, Amy, and two sons, Parker and Hunter. Toy and gift card donations are encouraged for show attendees.  
 
Tim Benham said, "It just felt right."  
 
His wife Hope said they do not know the Ellis family personally but that does not matter. "It's Bardstown," she said. "We're a small community and everybody pitches in and helps out when they need to."

Santa Claus and members of the police department made an appearance on opening night.  
 
They light show will run nightly through December 31.

Copyright 2013 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.