Reds honor police officer killed in line of duty

Published On: Jun 18 2013 04:20:44 PM HST

The family of a fallen police officer was honored by the Cincinnati Reds.

The family of Bardstown, Ky., police officer Jason Ellis was on hand at Great American Ball Park Tuesday night as part of Police Officer Appreciation Day.

View photos from the ceremony.

Ellis was honored by the Cincinnati Reds for his sacrifice in the line of duty. Ellis’ 8-year-old son Parker threw out the first pitch.

Ellis, 33, was found shot to death on an exit ramp of the Bluegrass Parkway on May 25.

The Reds said they welcomed more than 60 of Ellis’ friends and family at the ballpark. Many drove from Bardstown; others came from the Cincinnati area.

Ellis’ widow, Amy, and their children were also at the pregame ceremony. Ellis’ children also served as honorary captains for the Reds game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Reds also held a moment of silence for Ellis and all members of the police and fire departments who have died in the line of duty.

Ellis was a standout baseball player growing up at Glen Este High School in Batavia, Ohio, and signed a deal to play for the Reds minor league team after playing at the University of the Cumberlands.

Photos: Reds honor Jason Ellis


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