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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- "He's forever our hero," the widow of slain Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis said on Tuesday. It was the first time Amy Ellis spoke out in public since her husband's shooting death early Saturday morning.
Kentucky State Police say Ellis was shot several times after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County.
More than 300 people took part in a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the police station. Mourners covered a police car with flowers, flags, balloons and baseballs.
"It was truly love at first sight," Amy Ellis said. "He was truly my best friend." She said God had picked her up and given her the strength to continue.
She also praised the group Supporting Heroes, which aids the families of slain officers. And she said she appreciated all the Facebook posts and status updates that mentioned her husband.
When asked what she would miss the most about him, she said, "Where would I start?" She spoke of his smile, his smell, the way he treated their children, and his love of baseball.
"He loved his brothers that he worked with," she said, adding later, "He was dedicated to his job, he just wanted to clean the streets up."
Although he worked in a serious profession, she also said her husband could be "goofy" in a way that gave joy to those around him. "He was just such a likeable guy...he loved his job, he did his job right."