Students at a local school learn a valuable lesson in commitment and community…And that the contributions we make today.... Last well after we are gone. This morning Ellis Arts Academy celebrated the life of officer ed Ritter. Ritter was killed in an off-duty incident back in November. today students planted a tree in his memory. The Rockford mayor, the police chief and other officers turned out... Ritter was remember for all his hard work at the school... and the lasting impact he will have on the kids.