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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tomorrow, the high school where Jason Ellis played ball will honor the fallen Kentucky police officer.
Glen Este High School, located in Union Township, Ohio, will retire Jason's Number 9 before the team takes the field.
Learning about the honor for the first time, Ellis' mother and two sisters are talking about their loss. They say Ellis was endlessly humble about his talents. When he signed a free agent contract with the Reds in 2002, all he asked for from the team was a new catcher's mitt and a plane ticket to Spring training.
"I was raising a man, not a ballplayer," said Pam Ellis, Ofc. Jason Ellis' mother. "And like I said again, he was just good at it. And it's just...it was just nice as a parent."
"Yes, he was a ballplayer," said Lacy Young, Ellis' sister. "Yes, he was a policeman -- a police officer. Yes, all these things, but first and foremost, he was a family man, and he loved his family."
"He'll always be with us," added Kelly Eastman, also Ellis' sister. "But to have a place to go to know he's celebrated...is what that will be for me."
Officer Ellis was found fatally shot, ambushed along a freeway exit ramp 11 months ago today. His murder remains unsolved.