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Local high school honors fallen officer Saturday
UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Adam Clements) -- Jason Ellis had a great passion for life. He loved baseball and he was good at it. He signed a free agent contract with the Reds in 2002. After that, he became a police officer.
He loved that too. Now, the people that loved Jason Ellis, share his story with us.
"Every day a police officer gets shot and killed, every day, and I don't understand it."
Pam Ellis may never understand why her son Jason was shot and killed in the line of duty 11 months ago.
Hugs from friends, even strangers, they mean a lot more to Pam these days.
"I love when people put their arms around me and tell me that they're praying for me and that they love me."
Pam, along with Jason's sisters Kelly and Lacey say they've gotten through the past year by leaning on faith, family and a tremendous support system that's far-reaching.
"The support we got from the very beginning is the support we're still getting today. It's not like it's this sensationalized just because it happened thing and that everybody was jumping on board because they wanted to be associated. It's because people loved Jason, and people loved us."
"They know what I'm going through, because they're actually going through the same thing because Jason was a friend, a brother to everyone, because everyone just loved him."
That's why Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, mean's so much to the Ellis family.
The number nine Jason wore with such grace, such passion, will be retired by his alma mater, Glen Este High School.
"Extremely personal, I've known J for nearly 20 years and I had the distinct privilege of watching a great young man grow into a great adult."
The Ellis family says it's a perfect way to honor Jason, leaving his legacy on the field he loved.
They'll keep holding on to one another and holding out hope that they'll soon find closure.
"We put all of our trust in god and we put all of our trust that he has a bigger plan."
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