House lights up for family of fallen officer Jason Ellis
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Bardstown couple famous for their holiday light display dedicated opening night to fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.
Hope and Tim Benham started decorating their house on Glenview Drive shortly after getting married six years ago.
"It's just what we do every Christmas. This is our present to each other," says Hope.
The decorations have become a present the community as well. Anyone can pull up to the house between 6 and 10 p.m., tune their radio to 92.3 FM, and watch the lights on the Benham house dance to the music.
"Seeing the kids in the car jumping up and down, dancing to the music--their faces light up," says Hope. "It's a pay it forward."
This year, the Benhams decided early on to dedicate opening night of the display to fallen Officer Jason Ellis.
Ellis was found shot to death near his cruiser on the Bluegrass Parkway in May of this year. Authorities still have no arrests in the case.
Ellis left behind his wife, Amy, and two young sons.
"I feel for Amy, and I feel for the boys not having their father for Christmas," says Hope.
The Benhams don't know the Ellis family, but they say they were moved to do something for them. On opening night Sunday, visitors were asked to donate presents or gift cards to the Ellis family.
"Knowing that he was taken from the boys, Amy, and the community was just too much," said Hope. "It's just not fair. And whatever we can do to pull together and make the Christmas better for the kids we're glad to help out."
Although the tribute to Ellis only lasted one day, the Benhams say they will be accepting presents for the Ellis family until Christmas.
The light display will continue every night until December 31.
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