Murdered Bardstown officer's loved ones taking part in ride to honor fallen officers
Team Kentucky will travel to the east coast in May and ride in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's been almost three years since Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was murdered.
Some of his loved ones are members of Team Kentucky and will soon head to the east coast for a bike ride to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The last fundraiser for the team was held Friday in Bardstown.
"We've been training on our bikes, trying to put some miles in," said Ellis' mother-in-law Kris Phillips. Her daughter, Amy Ellis, is also taking part.
The small team will start in Norfolk, Va., and ride to Washington, D.C., to arrive for the opening ceremonies of National Police Week.
The more than 250-mile trip is in honor of the fallen officers of Kentucky, like Ellis.
"He believed in what he did," Phillips said. "He believed in law enforcement. Loved his job. Loved it."
Ramon Pineiroa with the Nelson County Sheriff's Office is also on the team. He went through the academy with Ellis.
"We still have the unknown of Jason's killer," Pineiroa said.
The Bardstown police officer was shot and killed in May of 2013. He was on his way home from work and stopped to clear debris from an exit ramp when he was ambushed. The case is still unsolved.
"We've got to work even harder than most police families, police departments, to make sure that his name stays out there," said Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin.
McCubbin says he's been coming to all of the fundraisers. Also in attendance Friday was Ellis' K-9 partner, friends and fellow officers.
Members of Team Kentucky will head to the east coast in less than two weeks, and they know the ride won't be easy.
"But really think about these officers," Phillips said. "Every day, their lives are on the line, and this is just something that's really not that difficult if you put it in perspective."
"Wanting to finish for the respect of Jason and the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice," Pineiroa said.
Ellis' case is being handled by Kentucky State Police.
Anyone can submit tips by contacting the KSP Elizabethtown Post at (270) 766-5078 or call the toll-free KSP Tip Line at (800) 222-5555. An email address has also been established for tips at EllisCaseETips@ky.gov. You can also text a tip confidentially using a cell phone. Simply text the tip to 67283, type KSPTIP in the message field, leave a space and enter your tip information.
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