Officer Jason Ellis was making a difference in the community's drug problem with his police dog partner, Figo. They were together several years until Ellis was ambushed on a state highway ramp last month. The bond they shared was captured in a stirring photo with Figo tenderly placing his paw on the fallen officer's closed casket.
Hundreds of police officers came from surrounding states to pay their respects including about 60 K-9 handlers and their dogs, who could be heard barking with the 21-gun salute.
Ellis and his wife, Amy, had two sons: Hunter, 7, and Parker, age 6, who basically grew up with Figo being around. Bardstown, Kentucky Police Chief Rick McCubbin retired Figo from service Friday so he could live with Ellis' family, providing the young boys a connection with their father.