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Bardstown man battling cancer celebrates the life of fallen officer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A Bardstown business owner will never forget fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis. 

Buddy Gulden is living the American dream. The budding business owner is bringing the spirit of Bardstown to life in the wake of Ellis' death.

"It was 20-30 minutes: sirens, sirens, sirens," Gulden said. "The first thing that popped into my mind was Amy and the kids, and I pretty much lost it at the time."

Ellis was ambushed, shot and killed on his way home from work on May 25.

"It used to be law enforcement had a measure of respect," Gulden said. "Now I think far too many people take it for granted."

Golden, a former Texas sheriff, turned his anger into action.

"Buddy has brought a lot of attention to Jason," Bardstown Police Officer David Culler said. "He went around town putting pictures in the windows of Jason ... he tries to do what's right for everybody as much as he can."

Gulden has stage four cancer. He spends every last breath keeping Jason's memory alive. 

"I would say I'm holding my own, but I'm not," he said. "It's getting worse. I know the end is getting close."

Yet through his own struggles, he finds others who have it worse.

"He's done so much for everyone and very little for himself," said Christy Clark, owner of Mammy's Kitchen in Bardstown.

Devoting the rest of his life to Jason's death, Gulden will be leaving his mark on Bardstown for years to come.

"I'm just doing what comes natural to me," Gulden said. "I'm me. Love me or hate me, I'm me."

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