BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – As fallen Bardstown Police Department Officer Jason Ellis is remembered in Washington D.C. Tuesday evening, another community is also taking time to pause and reflect.
It doesn't matter how many months have passed since the murder of Officer Ellis, just walk in downtown Bardstown and you'll see he will never be forgotten.
"I think keeping it in the forefront will eventually pay off as far as getting some information," said Bardstown resident Linda Boren.
May 25, 2014 will mark one year since Officer Ellis was ambushed on his drive home from work. He was shot as he tried to clear debris from an exit ramp off the Bluegrass Parkway.
"It's hard to believe that it did happen and it's hard to believe that it hasn't been solved yet," said Charles Marksbury, former Bardstown police chief.
Marksbury hired Ellis. He has faith someday there will be justice.
"In my heart I know it is going to be solved," said Marksbury. "It may not be a year, it may not be two years, but I believe one day it will be solved."
A handful of fellow Bardstown officers made their way to Washington D.C., along with 30 members of the Ellis family. Ellis' name was engraved in granite, added to the law enforcement memorial as part of National Police Week.
Even for those in Bardstown that never knew Ellis, they too take his death personally.
"This is usually a close knit community and things like that affect everybody," said Boren.
Ellis' widow, Amy Ellis released a statement on the Bardstown Police Facebook page.
"I want to thank the community for the unending love, support and prayers that has been poured on our family throughout the past year. It's unbelievable that is has been a year. I can remember when I thought I couldn't make it through my next breath let alone a year. We could not have made it this far without the tremendous help from God and the support of everyone around us. Please continue to remember us as we continue trying to put the pieces of our shattered lives together. Continue to pray for healing and justice." – Amy Ellis
"The way this community has come together to support this department and support his family, it just is hard to believe," said Marksbury.
A candlelight vigil is set to take place at the Farmers Market at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Following the memorial service, the vigil happening in Washington D.C. will be broadcast live on a screen for those to watch in Bardstown.
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