SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—It was a night of remembrance in Shepherdsville, as more than 600 people gathered to honor our fallen heroes.
"When someone falls in the line of duty, we build memorials, which is great. We should all do those things, but truly, there's no better way to honor someone than to take care of the people they love. And through this organization, they can know their families will be well taken cared of," Eric Johnson, the executive director of Supporting Heroes in Louisville said.
Saturday, the crowd at the Supporting Heroes gala, at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, fell silent as two of the featured guests spoke, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin and Officer Jason Ellis's widow, Amy Ellis.
Officer Ellis was one of the ten heroes killed in the line of duty last year. On May 25, 2013, he was shot and killed while on his way home from work.
"When I got to that scene, the officer was laying on the side of the ramp, and he was on his back face up, his right knee bent up. I knelt beside him and cried, because what I was seeing, shattered me as a first responder, as a police officer, but rattled my world as a chief," McCubbin said.
The death of Officer Ellis shook the community, but a newfound support system stepped in with open arms.
"Supporting Heroes is a lifesaver in many ways," McCubbin said.
Ellis' wife Amy spoke of the financial relief the group provided to her that day, as a stay at home mother of their two children.
"Then came the talk of a funeral. They honored him beautifully, in a way I could never do myself. And for that, I'll be forever grateful to Supporting heroes," Ellis said.