BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — An emotional funeral for a Bardstown police officer fatally shot on a highway exit ramp has ended with his fellow officers placing white flowers on his casket and saluting, one-by-one.
Hundreds of police officers, emergency workers and others attended Thursday's services for 33-year-old Jason Ellis. Ellis was shot to death early Saturday when he got out of his cruiser to remove debris from the road on his way home from work.
Ellis was a K-9 officer. His dog, Figo, stood beside his casket at the cemetery.
Following a morning service at Parkway Baptist Church featuring six speakers, a miles-long procession inched slowly through country roads to the cemetery in Chaplin, about 18 miles away from Bardstown.
People lined the streets as the procession went by, many clutching American flags or holding their hands on their hearts.