Four years after officer Daniel Ellis’ end of watch, the Richmond Police Department still remembers with a memorial in his honor, the day of his passing each year.
With flags at half-staff and the late officer’s cruiser outside of the police department, Assistant Police Chief Rodney Richardson said it's a way to remember the “ultimate sacrifice (Ellis) made for this community.”
Ellis passed away on Nov. 6, 2015, two days after he was ambushed and shot in the head while searching an apartment for a robbery suspect.
“There’s not a lot of officers that still work here that did when he was taken from us,” Richardson said. “In a way this reminds (officers) of the price he paid and what we should do every day to do our best to provide the best service we can to the people that live out here.”
Richardson noted that after Ellis’ passing, the community came together in a way he had never seen before and really took care of the police in Richmond.
“That day changed things,” he said. “I think it brought the department and community together and bonded us, and this reminds us how strong that bond is and how hard we should work to keep that bond every day.”
While the late officer’s cruiser is outside the police station for remembrance, it is still used by the Madison Central High School resource officer, where Ellis’ wife works.
“This isn’t something I make (officers) do. This is something they do themselves to remember officer Ellis,” Richardson said.
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