Bardstown Police were planning to celebrate Jason Ellis’ seventh anniversary with the force. Instead, they’ll be laying him to rest.
Jason Ellis’ widow spoke for the first time Tuesday. She wanted to talk about how her late husband lived.
The memorial outside the stations grows by the hour. Amy Ellis says she feels the support. She says it’s the only reason she can keep going.
"I’ve laid on the bathroom floor. I did not want to live another second without him. I don’t have the strength to pray right now, but I know that many others are praying for me and our family," said Amy Ellis.
She says she’s trying to stay strong for her 6 and 7 year old boys.
"He got hurt yesterday, and that’s when he started letting it all out. He just screamed and screamed and screamed he wanted his daddy, and we all sat there and cried with him and said we know, we do too," said Ellis.
Amy says she met Jason 12 years ago on Valentine’s Day, and they were inseparable ever since.
"Where do I even start? His goofy smile, the way he always made us laugh, his smell, just being able to hug him and kiss him, and just seeing him with our boys," said Ellis.
The community is rallying to support Ellis’ family.
Tammy Cox closed her business for the week. Instead of taking pictures, she’s filling balloons and tying ribbons in the Bardstown Police colors.
She wants to raise $1,000, and pledges to match it. The money will go towards the reward for information leading to an arrest. She says she wishes she could do more for Amy Ellis.
"You’re in our hearts and our prayers. We, as a community support you, and will continue to support you and your boys. We love you. We, anything that you need you just reach out to any one of us. We’re here for you," said Tammy Cox, Bardstown.
"I feel the prayers and the support. I mean, I truly do, and I wanted to thank everybody," said Ellis.
She calls Jason Bardstown’s hero.