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Glen Este service honors fallen officer Jason Ellis

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Family and friends gathered at Glen Este High School Sunday night to remember one of their own graduates, Jason Ellis.

Ellis was ambushed and killed on the job last weekend while working as an officer for the Bardstown Police Department in Kentucky.

"He was the life of a party, just a great guy, just down to earth and the biggest heart of any man that you know.  A wonderful person," said Melanie Reveal who organized the vigil and graduated with Ellis.

Ellis was a tremendous baseball player on the field where he was remembered Sunday.

He had a stint in the Reds minor league system.  But, his friends say he was much more than that.

"There's no doubt that he was an amazing baseball player, but what overshadowed that was what an amazing person he was.  Very rarely do you meet someone who's genuine and pure as Jason Ellis," said Jason Meenach, one of Ellis' friends.

Meenach grew up with Ellis on and off the baseball field, and couldn't be more proud that his friend accomplished his goals in life.

"At an early age, he knew what he wanted to do with his life, and he accomplished it.  From his faith to his profession.  He got to play the game we all love, and he got paid for it," added Meenach.

Ellis' baseball coach spoke to the crowd of dozens on hand.  A standout third baseman on the Glen Este baseball team, John Hatfield said the school will retire Jason's number 5.

"This is a no-brainer.  We're going to do it right.  In the spring, we're going to make sure it looks great, and it looks permanent," said Hatfield.

Because of that, his friends say his name will always live on in that community where he made such an impact.

"There are no numbers retired at Glen Este.  He will be the first one, and rightfully so.  Every time that a freshman comes up to his senior year, they're going to see that number 5 retired, which means that his name will never die," Meenach told FOX19.

The manhunt is continuing for Ellis' killer.  Kentucky State Police say they are getting new tips daily, and will leave no stone unturned.

There is a reward fund set up for information leading to the arrest of the killer.  That fund is now well over $130,000.  Area restaurant owner, Jeff Ruby, tweeted on Sunday that he pledged $33,000 as part of that effort.

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