SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Words of thanks tonight from the wife of slain Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis. Amy Ellis paid tribute to a special group of people who came to her aid following her husband's death.

Amy Ellis and Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin came to a special event in Shepherdsville; a tribute to fallen heroes like Jason Ellis.

The special guests were those who could not be there - the first responders who had given their lives in the line of duty.

The event was sponsored by Supporting Heroes, and both Ellis and McCubbin spoke of how the group came to their aid on that terrible day last May when Jason Ellis was ambushed and killed near Bardstown.

"As I knelt beside him, obviously, I cried because what I was seeing shattered me as a first responder, a police officer, and rattled my world as a chief," said McCubbin. "Because this was the real test. This was that moment that, if we ever were to ask for help, this is that time."

"I don't know where I would be without this organization. Not only were they there that week that this tragedy happened, but they have been there for the past 9 months. And I am confident they will continue to be there for the rest of our lives," Ellis told the crowd.

Supporting Heroes has helped the families of more than 100 fallen heroes since it was founded 10 years ago.

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