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Benefit being held this weekend to raise money for fallen officer's family

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)-- A month after Bardstown Police officer Jason Ellis was killed in the line of duty, the community continues to step in to help his family.

More than 300 items have been donated for Saturday evening's benefit at the River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #614.

Organizers are hoping this will be a huge event to raise money for the family of Officer Jason Ellis.

"I'm very humbled by what they are doing. They certainly don't have to do it," says Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin.

You don't have to be in the city of Bardstown to see how far the support stretches for the Bardstown Police Department, and for the family of Officer Jason Ellis.

The thin blue line reminds everyone of what happened to the fallen officer in late May, when he was shot multiple times when clearing tree limbs from an off ramp. 

"Every police officer's wife- it's their last nightmare what Amy and the boys are going through. It's very emotional," says Anita Simkins with the River City FOP.

The outpouring of support continues this weekend at the River City FOP Lodge on Price Lane in Louisville, complete with hundreds of items that will be part of a silent and live auction on Saturday evening. 

Chief McCubbin is a former President of the FOP.

"I've had people ask me why Louisville's lodge, and I said you just don't understand the law and how large it is," says Chief McCubbin.

Bourbon, wine, baby items, a diamond necklace, signed sports memorabilia, a grill, and even a Jockey Suite for the fall meet at Churchill Downs are among the many items up for grabs. The items were donated by community members and businesses.

"It's amazing. It's just mind-boggling," says Anita Simkins.

Anita Simkins says it's the least they can do.

They're hoping to raise a large amount of money this weekend, for the fallen officer's wife..and two children.

"Originally my goal when we started this was to raise $10,000. But I think we're going to do a whole lot better than that," says Anita Simkins.

The event will take place from 7:00 to midnight Saturday evening at the River City FOP Lodge. The address is 6204 Price Lane.

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