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Trooper Robert Wayne Ambrose

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 19, 2002

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Reflections for Trooper Robert Wayne Ambrose

God Bless Trooper Ambrose and his family. I have all the faith in the NYSP that time will not diminish the support given to his family and friends. Many of the times each other is all that we have, rise above and treat all in this profession with the highest regard. To you Trooper Ambrose - I find comfort in knowing that you are now at peace. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. You will remain a Member of the NYSP for ever.


Our prayers are with this young Trooper's family during this holiday season.

Major Craig Broughton
Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

To Bob's Mom, Dad & Family
I've known Bob since he began training out of the academy.
Bob was a good friend and a great Trooper. His passing was senseless.
My prayers are with you all now & forever

C/S Essie Rauba
New York State Police

To the family, friends and co-workers of Trooper Ambrose... I'm so sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you during this difficult time. You are in the thoughts and prayers of more people than you can imagine.

Jamie Johnson, surviving sister of
Officer Jon Cook
San Francisco Police Department

Thoughts and prayers to Trooper Ambrose's family and co-workers. Rest in peace brother

Pennsylvania State Police


1st he takes the oath,,,,,,now look at all he takes
He takes it in stride when people call him a pig
He takes time to talk with the children.
He takes the verbal abuse while writing you a ticket you REALLY DESERVED
He takes on creeps you would be afraid to look at.
He takes time away from his family to keep you safe
He takes your injured child to the hospital
He takes the graveyard shift without complaint because it is his turn
He takes his life in harms way daily
He takes you home when your car breaks down
He takes time to explain why both headlights have to work
He takes the job no one else wants -- telling you a loved one has passed
He takes criminals to jail
He takes in sights that would make you cry
sometimes he cries to, but he takes that as well because someone has to
He takes memories to bed each night you couln't stand for a day
Sometimes, he takes a bullet
And yes, sometimes he may occasionally take a free cup of coffee
Then one day he pays for all he has taken, and GOD takes him
PLEASE, remember that he HE in this story represent the police officers. Troopers, Deputies, County, City, Transit and all others who wear the badge. Both men and woman who have served and are serving in our communities to protect it's citizens.

H.A. Silverman
brother in brown to Frankie Betterton EOW 5-17-2002

Deputy Sheriff H.A. Silverman
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

Somebody killed a policeman today
and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
will be buried with him at his side.
The beat he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark, lonely street
And he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call and gave us his all,
And a part of America died.

L. Hay, civilian employee

I didn't know Trooper Ambrose, but he's a brother just the same. One of my best friend's brothers is a Trooper with your agency, so the pain of your loss is felt a little more here.
Please accept my deepest condolences and prayers.

Master Officer J. C. McCain
Raleigh PD

I just wanted to send my deepest condolences to the family of Trooper Ambrose. Although I did not know him personally, every Trooper is like a brother to me. May God bless Trooper Ambrose and his family. He is now our angel looking out for all Troopers. Once again, I am so sorry for your loss.

Tpr. Robert Sawicki
NYSP Troop A

I thank you for your service, your watch is over, we will not forget. Your family is still part of our family! Brother

Deputy Joey Upton
Clinton County Sheriff Dept.

My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Trooper Ambrose. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult and painful time.

Karen Brown, BCI Secretary, Troop K

We wish to extend our most heartfelt sympathy to the family of Trooper Robert Ambrose. We pray that God will bring comfort and peace to your hearts. Please know that we will be praying for your family and for Robert in these very difficult days. God bless and be with you.
Betty and Tom Stamp

My thoughts and prayers are with Robert's family and friends. May they find comfort in knowing what a fine young man he truly was.

Inv. June E. Worden

When ever I spoke about Robert Ambrose I would always say "Big Bobby Ambrose". He was a big guy with an even bigger heart. I was very lucky to know Bob, he will be missed so much.

Patrolman Brian Lyons
Orangetown Police Department

Thank you for your service, you will never be forgotten!

Andi -Criminal Justice Student

When God made Police Officers..........

When the Lord was creating police officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order?"

"A police officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle is uniform."

"He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witness, and testify in court the next day."

"He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, sir?" (When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job.) Another pair in the side of his head for his partners' safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, "You'll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't" said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the police officer very slowly, "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in it's sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop...and still keeps its sense of humor."

"This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensative to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the police officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord, "it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," he said.

Ptl. Matt Morton
Traverse City Police Department, Traverse City, Michigan

To the family, friends and fellow Troopers of Trooper Robert Ambrose, my heartfelt sympathy. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

COL (Dr) Joan Sullivan
NY Army National Guard

A true gentle giant! God bless you and your family.

Tpr W.A.Fuller

May your soul find peace brother.

Dan Dalley EOW 06-04-01

Officer John T. Coughran
Fruita Police Department

My deepest sympathy goes out to the Ambrose family

Though there may be one less good man here on earth, there is surely one more angel in heaven.

God speed brother

T/Sgt EJ Omuleski

You were preparing to graduate the academy when we first met at Peekskill. Your smile was warm and your heart was gold. You made an excellent trooper and made better the lives of those around you. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten and your family will always be ours. Godspeed our brother!

Timothy Owens
NYSP Troop T-5

How our hearts break for you. I cant seem to find the words that I need. We lost our 24 year old daughter in the line of duty on 5/4/02. Automobile accident. I thought that maybe I could offfer some help, but I'm falling on my face here, Please
just let me say that I'm sorry for your loss. You are not alone,
even though it will seem like that. Just do the best you can, dont worry about what people think.

Parents of Officer K Pataki 5/4/02

Another fine officers life taken too soon.
My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Trooper Ambrose. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.
Rest in peace for your watch here is over.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

Rest in peace blue angel. God bless those left behind.

S. Yates
concerned citizen

To the family of Trooper Ambrose, first let me say how sorry I am to hear about your lost. The reason I'm writing is to let you know that i feel a special kind of bond w/ Trooper Ambrose because on Dec.20,2002 @ approx 6:15a.m, I too was involved in a rear-end crash almost identical to Trooper Ambrose. While I was working a early morning accident on the side of the road, a Dodge Neon rear-ended me while I was sitting in my patrol unit(Ford Crown Vic) @ a est. speed of 65mph. I am alive today by the grace of God and I am very thankful.The driver that hit me was drunk. I prayed for Ambrose the day I heard about this accident. God Bless you and your family. I've lost a brother .I hope this gives your family some comfort and that even though we were not of the same agency, we're both doing something we both loved.God Bless you and your family. Officer Mayo

Patrolman Frankie Mayo
Cusseta Police Dept. Cusseta,Ga.

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