MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of runners laced up their sneakers Saturday morning in Richmond for a race in honor of the memory of a fallen officer who has left a lasting legacy in the community.
About 750 people took part in the fourth annual Daniel Ellis Memorial 5K.
The whole morning ahead of the race was a celebration of the life of Ellis, who was killed in 2015 in the line of duty.
Ellis and his wife, Katie, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. They started their family there and were active in their church and community.
His death left a hole in the hearts of many. Today, Ellis’ badge number — 457 — is plastered on the back of trucks and on storefronts.
It’s clear his courage and dedication to service continue to inspire people in the community.
The proceeds of the 5K will go to the Daniel Ellis Foundation, which helps pay for medical and funeral expenses, and other needs, in Madison County.