One bright Thursday in Bardstown, it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Shops downtown shuttered. Blue balloons and star-spangled banners fluttered in the breeze. And photographs of Jason Ellis smiled from store windows. On May 30, 2013, the Kentucky town fell silent and was somberly decorated for its fallen hero.
Hundreds of people lined the streets to say goodbye to Jason, a police officer who’d been murdered five days before. They’d left work and brought their kids, waiting hours to salute a sea of cop cars in the miles-long procession from Parkway Baptist Church to the rural cemetery in Chaplin that would be his final resting place.