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Family of murdered Officer Jason Ellis opens up for first time

UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Adam Clements) -- Nearly a year after Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis was ambushed, shot and killed while he was on duty, his murder remains unsolved.

The Ellis family believes Jason's killer will be caught and justice will be served. They believe that because they are a family of great faith. It's what they've been able to lean on through by far the toughest year of all their lives  and it's what they'll continue to lean on as they remember Jason.

Jason's tee ball coach told his mother her five-year-old son wouldn't amount to much on the baseball field. Few people remember the name of that coach.
A lot of people would come to know the name jason ellis.

Says Pam Ellis, "I was raising a man, not a ballplayer. It was just nice as a parent.."

Jason was endlessly humble about his talents. When he signed a free agent contract with the Reds in 2002, all he asked for from the team was a new catcher's mitt and a plane ticket to spring training. "He didn't do it to get something out of it, he did it because he loved it.."

His mother and 2 sisters were always proud of Jason the ball player, they were more impressed with Jason the man. "Yes, he was a ballplayer, yes he was a police officer and he loved his boys."
"I can hear his laugh, I can see his sincerity," says Jason's sister, Kelly Eastman.

On Saturday, Glen Este High School will retire Jason's number 9 before the team's game against Madeira. It's a no brainier for head coach Mike Hatfield.  "This is a young man who became a service oriented, character driven adult. That's something to be proud of."

It's the field he graced with such character and put in so much hard work. It's a place where Jason Ellis's memory will always live.

Jason's sister, Kelly, says it's a perfect tribute to her brother. "He'll always be with us, but to have a place to know where we know we can celebrate him is what that'll be for me."

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