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Ceremony in Richmond, Ky. honors fallen police officers

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty were honored Wednesday at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in Richmond.

Law enforcement officials from across the state came to salute their fallen comrades, along with family and friends.

"This memorial now contains 518 names," said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. "I'm honored to be here today, but I'm also torn. I'm torn because if you stop to ponder the stories behind those 518 names, it gets a little overwhelming."

Two of those officers died last year. Organizers say McCracken County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Shaw died of a heart attack after arresting a person with an active warrant. Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was ambushed and murdered.

"How do you prepare to respond to the scene and you are kneeling next to one of your police officers laying on the side of the road and crying?" Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin asked the crowd. He was invited to speak at Wednesday's ceremony.

Last week he was in Washington, D.C. as Ellis was honored on a national scale. Sunday will mark one year since his death but no arrests have been made.

"Closure helps. Never heals but it helps -- but this case, can't even get that right now," McCubbin told WDRB. He wants the Ellis family to see justice and says the killer will be caught.

"We're not going to give up. Kentucky State Police will not give up. We're not going to give up. It's not going to go away and it will be solved," McCubbin said.

In addition to Ellis and Shaw, seven other officers were honored because their names were recently added to the national memorial. Their deaths range from 1908 to 2012.

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