RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)-Katie Ellis holds a special place in her heart for US Route 25, a road she and her husband, fallen Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis, traveled down every day to and from work.
Katie Ellis says, “You know, we left our rehearsal dinner, we drove up the road to the restaurant, we came down the road and got married, we left again to our house. You know, it’s where we traveled our last day together before we took him home to be buried.”
Now Katie travels down the road alone, but it has a new name.
She says, “It’ll be really special to see that sign.”
Now a more than 3 1/2 mile stretch along Main Street is called the “Officer Daniel Ellis Memorial Highway” in honor of the detective who was shot in the head during a robbery investigation last November.
Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock says, “I think it’s something that we can all be proud of. And I think it’s something we’ll be happy to see rather than have sadness.”
Last week Officer Ellis, along with 252 peace officer’s names were etched permanently into the National Law Enforcement Memorial wall in Washington DC, but this reminder of his sacrifice is closer to home
Chief Brock says, “Anybody passing by will be able to see it. So yeah, the ceremonies will end definitely, but our memories will never end.”
During that trip for police week Katie went out to dinner with a kind stranger who also lost a father in the police force at age three like her son Luke. They named a park nearby after him. She says it gives her comfort that now her son will be able to cherish the highway named after his father in the same way.
Ellis says, “I just thought that’s something really special that Luke can tell his children, his family, a random stranger, like myself, you just never know when you’re going to have connections with some.”
On Monday Ellis and three other officers in the state will be honored at Eastern Kentucky University at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial.