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Remembering Officer Daniel Ellis

Remembering Officer Daniel Ellis

Dear University Community:

As our campus and community continue to mourn the tragic loss of Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis, Eastern Kentucky University offers its deepest sympathies to the family of Officer Ellis, and his many friends and fellow officers.

Because of the large numbers expected to attend visitation and funeral services for Officer Ellis, including members of the law enforcement community from across Kentucky and beyond, EKU’s Alumni Coliseum will serve as host site for both events. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 8 p.m., and funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

As a result, all EKU classes at all campuses will be canceled beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday and will resume at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. In addition, Model Laboratory School will close at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and remain closed on Wednesday. The University will remain open normal hours Tuesday and Wednesday, and staff are to report as normal.

Officer Ellis was a member of the EKU family, having earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice here in 2005. Indeed, EKU’s ties to the law enforcement community run deep, and the University thanks all those in public safety for their service, their sacrifice and their commitment to keeping our communities safe.

Officer Ellis’ wife, Katie Elizabeth Gruenwald Ellis, earned degrees from the EKU College of Education and is an assistant principal at Madison Central High School.

The family has requested donations to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, Funderburk Building, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, Kentucky, 40475-3102.

I will share more information regarding parking and traffic on and near campus Tuesday and Wednesday as that information becomes available.

Please join me in expressing our sympathies to the Ellis family in this time of sorrow.

Michael Benson

Published on November 08, 2015

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