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Bardstown remembers fallen Ofc. Jason Ellis; national vigil on Thursday

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Those unable to travel to Washington, D.C. honored Jason Ellis at a vigil in Bardstown Tuesday night. Those unable to travel to Washington, D.C. honored Jason Ellis at a vigil in Bardstown Tuesday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis is being honored on a national scale this week, while his small community continues to mourn for his death and seek justice.

Many of Jason Ellis' family and fellow officers are in Washington, D.C. for National Police Week, but those who couldn't make the trip gathered in Bardstown to honor him Tuesday night.

As the ceremony started, a rainbow formed in the skies above.

"One could say that's a symbol of God's smile, if you will smiling on us tonight," said Chaplain Karl Lusk.

Within minutes, the rainbow was gone. Some thought it was Jason Ellis' way of showing his hometown that he's watching and knows the pain his murder left behind.

"I think it's very sad and I hope eventually they do find out who ambushed him," said Ann Downs.

It's been almost a year since Jason Ellis was gunned down while removing debris from the Bluegrass Parkway last May.

His killer still runs free.

"I just can't imagine what his wife's gone through and the people that were close to him. It's just so sad. He was a good person," Downs said.

At the Bardstown vigil, songs that were sung at his funeral were performed again and memories, happy and sad, were shared by those who know Ellis.

Downs recalls the time officer Ellis pulled her over.  "I forgot to dim my lights and he was real polite and everything," she said. "He gave me a warning."

Jason Ellis' name has been added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. and will be read aloud on Thursday, along with hundreds of other officers who were killed this past year.

Former Bardstown Police Chief Charles Marksbury said Tuesday's event was bittersweet, as he is humbled by the community response yet still shocked over Ellis' death.

"This is the kind of thing you never thought could happen here. I never thought in my wildest dreams that a police officer could be killed," But the outpouring of support from the community, he said, has been the one positive that has come from Ellis' death. "I can't say enough how since Jason's death, this community has just embraced this department."

On Tuesday afternoon, Ellis' widow, Amy Ellis, issued a brief written statement. It read as follows:

"I want to thank the community for the unending love, support and prayers that has been poured on our family throughout the past year. It's unbelievable that is has been a year. I can remember when I thought I couldn't make it through my next breath, let alone a year. We could not have made it this far without the tremendous help from God and the support of everyone around us. Please continue to remember us as we continue trying to put the pieces of our shattered lives together. Continue to pray for healing and justice." - Amy Ellis

WDRB is headed to Washington, D.C. for continuing coverage of National Police Week.

Emily Mieure will report from Washington both Wednesday and Thursday.

The national vigil was postponed because of weather, but can be viewed online. To watch the vigil, click here.

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