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Bardstown Police say memorial wall for slain officer almost complete

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Seven months after Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was gunned down on his way home from work, fellow officers have a new way to remember him.

There's now a memorial wall, inside the Bardstown police department, that officers say is a constant reminder of his death and encouragement to find the person who killed him.

As the Christmas holiday comes to an end, the decorations will soon be coming down along North 3rd Street in Bardstown.

Except for one.

A photo of Officer Jason Ellis has been posted there since he was killed in the line of duty in late May.

Captain Tom Roby, with the Bardstown Police Department says finding the person responsible for shooting and killing Officer Ellis is constantly on his mind.

Every morning I wake up I say a prayer, not unlike most people that I talk to on a daily basis," Roby said. "I lay my head down at night and say a prayer."

And now there's a visual reminder inside Bardstown's police department: a photograph of Figo -- Ellis' loyal police dog -- touching the casket.

The wall, dedicated to Officer Ellis, is almost finished, filled with photos, handmade items from community members, and a Louisville Slugger bat with Ellis' signature.

The wall includes pictures of Figo; the dog that was given to the fallen officer's family.

Roby says the department has gotten a lot of calls checking on how the dog is doing. "The last time I was around him, he looked very healthy," Roby said.

Support for Ellis isn't contained to just one wall inside the police department. Roby says the murder also brought this community together, with everyone hoping for an arrest.

Roby says a recent promo, put together by Kentucky State Police, has helped even more.

"It's my understanding that (the promo) increased the tip activity," Roby said.

As the holiday season begins to wind down, Roby is hoping tips will once again ramp up. He says Christmas without Officer Ellis just wasn't the same.

Police continue to ask for people's help to solve this case, so friends and family members can get the closure they need.

"Someone knows something," Roby said. "The more we tell this story, hopefully, someone will step up and speak, come forward. And that's the way we'll solve this case. I truly believe that."

Captain Roby says they hope to give the public a chance to see the Jason Ellis Memorial Wall once its complete.

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