Reds honor children of slain Kentucky officer Jason Ellis, other fallen officers before game

CINCINNATI -- The Reds battled a nemesis Tuesday evening: the Pirates from Pittsburgh.

But before the first pitch, they took on a different goal. They fought to heal the hearts of a hurting, grieving family.

Before the game, players and fans saluted members of local police and fire departments for the annual Police & Fire Appreciation night at Great American Ball Park. As part of the tribute, the children of slain Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis were introduced as honorary captains of the game.

Ellis, who grew up in Batavia, was killed in the line of duty on May 25. In his honor, Ellis' son Parker threw the ceremonial first pitch.

There was also a moment of silence before the National Anthem for all fallen members of local police and fire departments, including Ellis. 

Some other highlights from the night included:

> A simultaneous first pitch offered up by Cincinnati Police Officers Orlando Smith & Benjamin Schneider. Both of these officers were recently award with the CPD's Medal of Valor for going above & beyond in the line of duty.

> A ceremonial first pitch by Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard A. Braun. Braun is the 16th Fire Chief in the 160 year history of the CFD.

> Honor Guards for the game were provided by the Covington Police Department & Greenwood, Ind. Fire Department.

> The National Anthem was sung by Hamilton County Sherriff's Deputy James Whitacre.

> The official game ball was delivered to the mound by Cincinnati Police Officer Ronald Hale, a member of S.W.A.T. who also served in the Army during the Persian Gulf War.

> The Hometown Hero was Ludlow, Ky. Police Officer James Seibert, a member of the Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan.

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