This is a story of how this Hero LIVED
Bardstown Police Department, Kentucky
Police K-9 Officer Jason Ellis
End Of Watch: 05-25-13
K9 Officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot and killed In The Line Of Duty early this morning (details below). Born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge, K-9 Ofc. Ellis had been Saving, Serving, and Protecting since 2005. Our Brother was a shining example of what we should continue to aspire and strive to be. Everything about him, and all he did, exemplified Honor, Integrity, and Loyalty to his oath and to the badge he wore. With his 'armor' polished inside and out, his fellow Officers loved Brother Jason and looked up to him.
He was a fearless Warrior who never backed down in the face of danger and worked diligently to get to the truths that led to justice. But it was his fairness and his unbiased approach to all situations that truly stood out. Always knowing that not everything was as it initially appears to be, Ofc. Ellis took his time in assessing, and then took appropriate actions, always with the safety of his fellow Officers, the People, and himself as a priority. With his courage and with his compassion, Ofc. Ellis dressed each day for work looking forward to what each new day would bring, ready to do whatever he could to Serve and Protect the citizens of his community.
Assigned as the agency's K-9 Officer, as well as a Field Training Officer, Brother Jason took great pride in knowing how integral his duties were and he did it all with a smile and positive attitude. In just 8 years of service, Ofc. Ellis had already racked up numerous awards, commendations, and citations, including Bardstown PD Officer Of The Year in 2008 and the Governor's Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement 2007 and 2008.
Jason was a character when able to let his guard down for those fleeting moments during his tour. No matter how bad a day was going for someone, Ofc. Ellis was able to lighten the mood by finding something positive through anything and was known for his amazing fun-loving sense of humor. Jason loved his community that he worked, often stopping in on local business simply to make sure they were okay but he also took time to get to know each employee and owner. He treated everyone as his personal friend. His respectfulness towards all garnered him much respect in return.
Brother Jason was one heck of a ballplayer too. In fact, he played for the Cincinnati Reds for three years on their minor league team. Jason used this talent to help his community. He was an active coach in youth sports and volunteered his time to help give our younger generation a chance to learn and grow with healthy and responsible choices in life. He simply wanted to make a difference in his small corner of the world ... and what a difference he did make ... and he did it all asking nothing in return.
Strong in his faith, he was rewarded in life with the woman of his dreams and a family. Jason married his college sweetheart and together, they had two sons. Two young boys who will now grow up with only the memories left behind. We must vow to ensure they know how much their daddy was loved and how he truly Lived As Only As Hero Could. This Brave and Benevolent Son, Husband, Father, and Brother Of Blue will be incredibly missed by so very many ... so few will forget the day he was taken from us all too soon ...
At 0253hours, a calls came in from motorists who found a Police Cruiser on the exit ramp of the Parkway with it's lights activated but no sign of activity. A few citizens stopped their cars out of concern. 'That eerie feeling that something was wrong'. Upon further approach, they found Ofc. Ellis outside of his vehicle laying on the ground. When the Kentucky State Police arrived, they found Police Officer Jason Ellis laying on the side of the road, shot to death.
Since Jason was driving a 'pool vehicle' from the PD after his shift ended and not his assigned cruiser, there is no video of what transpired. None of the witnesses are suspect. Preliminary findings suggest Ofc. Ellis exited his cruiser to assist a motorist though no radio call was sent to dispatchers. The Kentucky State Police are lead investigators of this Homicide and we will update as more is learned. Jason's K9 was not with him at the time.
Jason leaves behind his beloved bride, two young sons and K9 partner. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Ellis family, the Men and Women of the Bardstown PD, the Kentucky SP, and to all whom have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and working along side this True Blue Hero. Special thoughts and prayers are with all the children and young adults that our Brother worked so closely with. This is the first Line Of Duty death for the Bardstown PD. Let us all make sure they all get any assistance they need.
Our Brother, as you now patrol the streets of Heaven may you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in the battles to come ... In Our Brother's Honor. We thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. We thank you for your life. Job Well Done Sir.
Rest In Peace Police K-9 Officer Jason Ellis ... We Have The Watch From Here. SALUTE!