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Bardstown mourns the loss of Figo, the K-9 dog of fallen officer Jason Ellis

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Bardstown officer's murder remains unsolved, but Friday his K-9 partner was honored after passing away last month.

Figo and Jason Ellis are linked by their service, but also by a moment that took everyone's breath away, when Figo pawed at the casket of his fallen partner.

Now, those in Bardstown are mourning Figo.

"It's a very, very emotional day," said Kris Phillips, Ellis' mother-in-law. "[I've] dreaded it for a long time ... and it's very hard."

Figo passed away in his sleep just days before the fourth year marking Ellis' murder. 

"Figo missed him until the day he died," Phillips said.

Phillips has been caring for Figo, and she said he has lived a happy retirement. But she could tell he never forgot.

"Figo was a working dog, and that's what they live for," she said. "They live to work, and Figo missed working. He missed Jason."

Highview Cemetery won't allow dogs to be buried there, so instead, Figo's urn will be attached to Ellis' gravesite.

"That is the last link to Jason," Phillips said. "That's it."

Ellis' murder remains unsolved, but his family remains hopeful that answers will come. In the meantime, they hope no one forgets...

"[He] loved his job," Phillips said. "Loved his job with Figo."

The family is working on plans to eventually memorialize Figo and Ellis with a stone or statue. They're raising money by selling special Figo shirts. For information to get involved, click here.

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