Ky. police department raising money to remember fallen officer at national ceremony
Officer Daniel Ellis was shot and killed in November while searching for a robbery suspect in Richmond.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky police department is raising money to help remember fallen officer Daniel Ellis.
“We certainly miss him. That's for sure,” said Officer Zachary Stokes with Richmond Police.
In early November, the officer was shot and killed while searching for a robbery suspect in Richmond.
“You can't really put it into words. It was such a shock that we lost a guy as good as Ellis, an officer as good as Ellis,” said Officer Stokes.
His fellow officers and the community were hit hard by the loss.
“Great man, great person to work with and just really the pinnacle of what a police officer needs to be,” said Officer Stokes.
Ellis’ name will soon be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. in May.
His fellow officers need help getting there, to honor Ellis’ memory and sacrifice.
Richmond Police officer Zachary Stokes says just under 50 officers make up the Richmond Police Department.
They'd like to send up to 30 to the ceremony.
“We're just motivated in the fact of honoring his memory when he goes up there on the national memorial, because it's gonna be up there forever, and just honor his sacrifice,” said Officer Stokes.
Officers are hoping with enough help from the community, a majority of them will be able to travel to Washington, D.C. to honor Officer Ellis.
“We're gonna be about $7,500 for just the hotel rooms and that's not obviously not including fuel and food and everything like that,” said Officer Stokes.
It's going to be costly, so they're hoping for donations from the public.
With help from the Madison County Fraternal Order of Police, they're also planning a pancake breakfast in February - to help raise the needed funds.
“We're gonna get as many as we possibly can there to honor Officer Ellis' memory,” said Officer Stokes.
It's a loss that fellow officers never expected, but one they don't plan to ever forget.
“The fact that we lost a guy with his caliber, we can never replace that,” said Officer Stokes.
The pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, located at 425 Eastern Bypass in Richmond. A $5 donation per person is suggested. Police officers and volunteers will be serving breakfast.
Funds raised by the Madison County Fraternal Order of Police and the Richmond Police Department will be put toward lodging, fuel and food for the officers attending the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
You can also contact the Madison County Fraternal Order of Police to help make a donation to send the officers to Washington, D.C.
For more information on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, click here.
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