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Man responds after finding balloon released in memory of fallen officer

Officer Jason Ellis Officer Jason Ellis

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – The loss of a Bardstown officer was felt hundreds of miles away from the town where he was murdered.

On Christmas Eve, Bardstown Police Officer John Snellen and his daughters released a blue balloon in honor of Officer Jason Ellis from the stations parking lot.

According to the Bardstown Police Department's facebook page, one side of the balloon read "Merry Christmas in heaven Ellis we miss you and so does all your brothers in blue. Never forget."

Not long after, on January 2, 2014, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin received a letter from a man hundreds of miles away in Allentown, Pennsylvania who said he found the balloon near his apartment complex.

Bardstown Police Department Captain Tom Roby said, "At the end of a snow storm he sees this balloon settle and he goes picks it up, researches it, reads it and responds, I mean it's just made me smile."

The officers have not had any luck contacting the man, but said receiving the letter was uplifting.

To read the letter posted by the Bardstown Police Department, click here.

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