Last week, a funeral was held in rural Kentucky for Jason Ellis, a 33-year-old K-9 officer who was believed to have been ambushed and killed. Over 1,000 people attended the service, including fellow police officers from neighboring states. Fido, Ellis’ faithful police dog, also paid his respects by placing his paw on the closed casket. The emotional moment was captured in a poignant photograph by Jonathan Palmer.
On May 25 in Bardstown, Kentucky, a small town of approximately 12,000 residents located 40 miles southeast of Louisville, Ellis was collecting debris on a highway off-ramp when he was shot several times. Fido, his companion, was not with him at the time. Unfortunately, the case remains unsolved.
Numerous K-9 officers paid their respects at the funeral ceremony, and as reported by the Herald Leader, their furry companions mourned from their patrol vehicles with distinctive howls.
As the honor guard was called, numerous officers sprang to their feet while the 21-gun salute echoed in the background, causing the 60 police dogs at the event to bark. The late Ellis, who served as a police officer for six years, was honored by Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin, who pledged to pursue the perpetrator responsible for his death.
“As your chief, I want you to know that you are our hero and I won’t give up,” said McCubbin, assuring Jason of their commitment. “Don’t worry, my friend. We’ll take over from here.” Ellis, who was a police officer, leaves behind his wife Amy and two young boys, Hunter (7) and Parker (6). “He died serving as a police officer, doing what he loved most,”