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Jay Leno Presents Gifts to Slain Kentucky Officer's Widow

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Former host of NBC's The Tonight Show and comedian Jay Leno has attended a fundraiser for a central Kentucky police officer killed in the line of duty.

WKYT-TV ( reports the event was held Saturday at St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond.

Leno presented Officer Daniel Ellis' widow, Katie Ellis, with an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World for her and her 3-year-old son, Luke, along with $10,000 for the boy's college fund.

Katie Ellis says the gesture and the fundraiser were "surreal."

On Friday, a ceremony was held to rename the Richmond Police Department building the Daniel N. Ellis Municipal Building. The Richmond Register ( reports a plaque bearing Ellis' name was unveiled at the building's entrance.

Ellis died Nov. 6, two days after he was shot while searching an apartment for a robbery suspect.

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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