LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---A large crowd turned out Sunday for the Bats game, for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
That included friends and family of fallen Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis.
Three months after he was ambushed and killed, they're keeping his memory alive.
The game of baseball is not only America's pastime, but a game that was near and dear to Officer Ellis.
"It taught him the characteristics that made him a good husband, a good father, and an outstanding police officer," said officer Michael Clark with the Bardstown Police Department.
"One of his dreams was to play baseball. He played baseball and we're here to take up his memory," said Deputy Mike Kaminski, with the Nelson County Sheriff's Department.
One of Ellis' sons threw out the first pitch Sunday at the Bats game, in honor of his dad.
"It's amazing. It's amazing. It's a piece of Jason that will never go away," Clark said.
Ellis was a former minor league baseball player in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system before joining the Bardstown Police Department.
Friends and family members wore T-shirts to remember him as they watched the game that meant so much to him.
"He'd be overwhelmed. He really would," Kaminski said.
They say the response from the community during the past three months has been nothing short of amazing.
Hundreds of people participated in a Poker Run motorcycle ride on Saturday in Bardstown in honor of the fallen officer. And fellow officers showed their support at the baseball game Sunday.
"Jason's touched so many people and they don't even know it. It's amazing," Clark said.
While the search continues to find whoever is responsible for killing the Bardstown officer, his family and friends have not given up hope as they continue to show their support for Ellis.
"The community has not forgotten Jason, and we're definitely not going to forget him," Kaminski said.
Proceeds from each ticket at the game Sunday will also go to help Ellis' family. A check was presented to his wife before the game for $40,000.
The money was raised in June by the River City Fraternal Order of Police.
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