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Remembering Officer Daniel Ellis

A message from EKU President Michael Benson, originally posted for EKU Students and employees. Reprinted with permission from: police.eku.edu/danielellis

Message to University Students and Employees November 6, 2015
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, President



Message to University Students and Employees, November 10:
Dear University Community:

Family members and friends, law enforcement officers from across Kentucky and beyond, local and state leaders and many others will arrive on our campus over the next two days to pay their final respects to Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis. As you know, Officer Ellis paid the ultimate cost last week in an effort to keep our community safe.

As our campus and community continue to mourn this tragic loss, and as we prepare to host visitation and funeral services for Officer Ellis at Alumni Coliseum and welcome thousands of visitors to our campus, we ask for your patience and understanding. Most of all, we ask that you continue to keep the Ellis family and his friends and fellow officers in your thoughts and prayers.

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. In order to accommodate visitors, the Alumni Coliseum and Whitlock parking lots will be closed beginning at 2 a.m. Tuesday and remain closed until the procession has cleared the area sometime late Wednesday afternoon. In addition, the Mattox Hall lot will be closed on Wednesday. Alternative parking for employees and students will be available at the Center for the Arts, Perkins and Ashland lots. Shuttle service will be provided from these lots to the Whitlock Building from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Additional information on traffic impact and the processional route will be disseminated through the RAVE alert system and linked from the EKU home page and updated as necessary.

As announced earlier, 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 usual.

Officer Ellis, as well as wife, Katie Elizabeth Gruenwald Ellis, assistant principal at Madison Central High School, both graduated from EKU. The campus community is invited to attend the visitation and funeral service.

The Ellis family has expressed its appreciation for the continued support it has received from EKU employees, students and alumni. In the worst of times, we are collectively showing our Colonel best.

The family has requested donations to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, Funderburk Building, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, Kentucky, 40475-3102, or to Supporting Heroes, PO Box 991547, Louisville, Kentucky, 40269-1547.

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

Michael Benson, President


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