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Bill filed to name stretch of highway after slain Bardstown police officer

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's six months this week since Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis was shot and killed.

A state representative from Bardstown is taking steps to make sure officer Ellis is permanently honored near the spot where the shooting occurred.

American flags, flowers, and crosses still mark the spot where Ellis was murdered at the Bloomfield exit ramp off the Bluegrass Parkway.

State Rep. David Floyd says Ellis deserves something more permanent.

"Actually, the idea, like so many of the bills that we introduce, comes from constituents," said Floyd, a Bardstown Republican.

He has pre-filed a bill for the 2014 General Assembly that would designate a 13-mile stretch of the Parkway from Bardstown to the Bloomfield exit, as the "Officer Jason Ellis Memorial Highway."

"This won't in any way appease the family for their loss. But it is a good reminder to people around here of the service and sacrifice of Jason," said Floyd.

Jean Draper has lived in Bardstown all her life and believes renaming the highway is an appropriate honor.

"I think that would be a super idea. What he's done for the community and stuff. We deserve to give him something back," said Draper.

Draper said the wound in Bardstown is still raw because the killer has not yet been caught.

"It's really hurt this community a lot. A lot of people are still grieving over that," she said.

Floyd agrees, "It would be nice to bring closure to one piece of it. And that's to catch those who did this."

Floyd says his bill will likely be assigned to the Transportation Committee for a hearing and be combined with other similar bills.

"And I don't see that there will be any objection to it from anyone. I think it will have universal support, the governor will sign it, and then we'll have the memorial road for Officer Jason Ellis," he said.

Floyd also hopes the Ellis family will to come to Frankfort to be honored on the floor of the House.

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