Figo, the Bardstown Police Department’s beloved canine who passed away days before the fourth anniversary of his partner’s death in the line of duty, will be given a hero’s farewell.
The German shepherd was retired from service and given to the family of K-9 Officer Jason Ellis, whose unsolved murder happened May 25, 2013, at the Springfield-Bloomfield exit, about 10 miles from Bardstown, on the Bluegrass Parkway. Figo died May 23 this year and was honored along with Ellis at a memorial service at the High View Cemetery in Chaplin days later.
On Friday, the Bardstown Police Department will have a memorial service at 6 p.m. outside the police station near the Justice Center, followed by a graveside service at the High View Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest next to Ellis, according to a press release.
Kris Phillips, the mother of Ellis’ wife, Amy, told those attending the May 25 memorial that Figo could not be buried in the cemetery but that the owners had agreed to allow an urn containing his cremated remains to be placed at the grave.
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The Kentucky State Police is investigating the murder of Ellis, and more than $200,000 has been offered as a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Anyone with information should call State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown at (212) 766-5078 or the KSP Tip Line at (800) 222-5555.