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Jay Leno surprises fallen Richmond officer’s widow


RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) – It’s been a tough five months for the family of a fallen Richmond police officer. Officer Daniel Ellis was shot and killed during a robbery investigation in November. Since then, the community has found ways to support his family. Saturday Saint Mark Roman Catholic Church teamed up with a famous comedian to cheer up Daniel Ellis’ widow, Katie Ellis.

Jay Leno was in Richmond Saturday night, joking around with Father Jim Sichko like they were old friends. The night of laughter raised money for the church and honored law enforcement. Katie Ellis attended the event.

“It’s bittersweet, you know? I’d rather just be sitting on the couch with Daniel, but that can’t happen,” said Ellis. “So, I feel like the community is really healing with me.”

This is the last year for the fundraiser called “An Evening Among Friends.” Former talk show host and comedian Jay Leno came to Richmond to help Father Jim raise money for the St. Mark Catholic Church and school, as well as the Officer Daniel Ellis Memorial Foundation.

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