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On day of police memorial, friends remember Jason Ellis

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The proposed flyer designed for police cruisers. (From Melanie Reveal) The proposed flyer designed for police cruisers. (From Melanie Reveal)
Ellis' name engraved in the Washington D.C memorial. (From WAVE3) Ellis' name engraved in the Washington D.C memorial. (From WAVE3)
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The names of 286 officers who died in the line of duty last year, including that of Jason Ellis, are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
 
Ellis was a member of the Bardstown Police Department, and is a Batavia native.  His name was one of those added to that memorial as part of National Police Week.
 
Back home, those who knew Ellis spent time on Tuesday reflecting on the man they grew up with, who had an unparalleled passion for the game of baseball.
 
"His energy fed us as well as ours fed him. You think of Jason and baseball, you think passionate," said former teammate Mike Edwards.
    
But, almost a year ago to the day, one phone call to Edwards changed everything.  He learned his friend, his teammate, was ambushed and murdered.
 
"I just hope that it doesn't ever be forgotten.  Things like this happen on a daily basis to anybody.  It can happen to anybody.  I just hope to God that it's never just forgotten," said Edwards.
 
That's why efforts are now underway to get anyone to give up information in Ellis' murder.  FOX19 spoke with a friend of Ellis on Tuesday, Melanie Reveal, who sent us a flyer designed for area police cruisers to get suspects to talk. 
 
"I've prayed for the family all day.  I just know that they're handling everything they can handle, and we are glad he's being honored. We just hope that they find who did it," said Linda Blair, whose son played baseball with Ellis.
 
Blair knows Ellis won't be forgotten.  As of Tuesday, his name lives forever etched into that memorial in Washington, D.C.
 
"I'm very, very excited that he's being honored.  He definitely deserves to be honored," said Blair.
 
He's already been honored back home with a monument next to the baseball field at Glen Este High School, just feet from where he played. His number, number 9, is retired there.
 
But all the honors still don't make the days any easier.
 
"I think of what a loss it is to all of us that we don't get to, that the family doesn't get to have him every day," said Blair.
 
Fundraising for the flyers is underway to get them in as many cruisers as possible.  Reveal tells FOX19 the plan is to get them in cruisers from Cincinnati to Lexington.

Related: Officer Jason Ellis honored in Washington D.C., Bardstown

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