Community support continues to pour in memory of Officer Jason Ellis

Published: Jun. 14, 2013 at 2:41 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2013 at 2:49 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's been nearly three weeks since a Bardstown police officer was ambushed and murdered on an exit ramp off of the Bluegrass Parkway.

There are still no concrete leads or motive as to who is responsible and why.

While the answers may not be coming in on who killed him, the support for Officer Jason Ellis continues to pour in.

"I think Chief McCubbin said it best when he said the thin blue line is just a picture to some people, but to others it is a family crest," said Anita Simkins with the River City FOP Lodge 614. 

Simkins is in the process of organizing a fundraiser on June 22. "Just have a good time, celebrate Jason," said Simkins. 

There will be a band, auction, and raffle with every penny going to Ellis' widow Amy and their two young boys.

"We do have a $10 admission charge per person, $15 a couple, all of that money will go to her. We have collected thousands of dollars, the community and our police families have been amazing," said Simkins. 

While she never had to the chance to met Officer Ellis, she still gets emotional when talking about him.  

"We've lost a brother and we want Amy to know we are here for her," said Simkins. 

Those in the law enforcement are not the only people helping out. In St. Matthews at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers, they held a Great Gatsby vintage and estate trunk show and collected donations for Supporting Heroes to benefit Officer Ellis. It's an annual event with a timely cause.

"We always want to tie it in to some sort of charity because it is important to us being a local jeweler," said Brian Merkley, owner. 

Merkley says they plan to match whatever money is raised. "I think it is up to the local community to make that happen, so that's what we are trying to do," said Merkley. 

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin use to be the president of the River City FOP, so this fundraiser means a lot to him. The public is invited.

Officer Jason Ellis Benefit

Saturday, June 22nd
7 p.m.- midnight

River City Fraternal Order of Police 614
6204 Price Lane
Louisville, KY 40229

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