Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

Hey Bobby,
Thinking about you lately. I've been on facebook and connecting with old friends and having the time of my life and realizing how unfare this is for you and for all who knew you. I guess this is your facebook page and our only connection to you. I know we all will be connected with you again someday. I really really miss you cuz!

Jennifer Schimmel
cousin and friend

November 10, 2008

I don't even know where to begin here. I was searching for you online to see where you were and how life is for you. It's been so long...hasn't it? I can't even believe what I came up with. You are gone? I am so sad I can't think straight. Although we weren't meant to stay together, you had such a special place in my life. I can't believe this.

Tara Merrow

August 26, 2008

Hey Bobby...been thinking about you a lot lately...I'm sure you know that. So many things remind me of you..especially songs on the radio and passing Carvel on hillside ave reminds me of when we used to have our chats in your car and you always got hot fudge sundaes. We would complain about me not finding a good guy..and look at me engaged and so happy but yet so sad that you didnt get to meet him and especially that he didnt get to meet you. You would absolutely love and get a kick out of Samantha too. She is getting so talkative and she's so funny. I know you're looking down and you know what's going on but I wish you were here with us sharing all of the special things going on. The older I get the more I realize that life isn't perfect..I really just want a big bear hug from you!! I love you and hope know you're chilling with our other family members and friends who have passed and taking good care of other people who have recently passed too early in their lives. You're my hero and angel always Bobby...there will always be an emptiness in our family that can never be filled.


August 25, 2008

Hey Robbie,
Couldn't help but think of you this past couple weeks- Happy Belated Birthday Buddy. Jees, remember that nutty attempt I made to throw a party for your 30th? Ok, I'm a dork, but you know that. Well if anything at least I have lots of photos of ya to look at when I get real nostalgic. You know,Deb still sends me a Christmas Card every Year, even though I moved like 4 times!! The kids got so big; it's amazing. I don't know Robbie- Time flies by- things change so much. So many times It feels like yesterday we were gabbin it up on the sofa- piggin out on Dominos & bitching about whatever...I'll never ever "get it"- this wasn't supposed to be this way. I miss your laugh, the fact that you actually liked the food I cooked & thought it was super, your affinity for bikes, paintball and computers & most of all, your wild stories and that smile that went along with them. There's so much to tell you- so much catching up to do... I wish you were here to go to King Kone cause the blues are hittin hard just writing this. Ice cream- that was always your miracle cure. Next time I go there I will get you a vanilla cone.I Love ya buddy & I miss you.

Your Old Roomie & Pal,

May 7, 2008


There's a special angel in heaven
That is part of me
It is not where I wanted him
But where God wanted him to be

He was here only for awhile
Like a night time shooting star
And though he is in heaven
He isn't very far

He touched the heart of many
Like only and angel can do
I would've seen him more often
If the end I only knew

So I send this special message
To the heavens up above

Love you & miss you,

Kimberly Rastelli
Dear Friend

April 29, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 20, 2007

Thinking of you today --- seems like just yesterday I left your apartment that morning, talking about the christmas shopping I was going to do while you were at work. I remember making plans with your mom, to decorate the tree with everyone on Sunday -- I even remember our NYC trip (just the girls)... to wait while Stina was taking pictures that previous weekend while you helped Paul & Brit move.......I knew I had found the love of my life and my 2nd family. I guess God had other plans for us -- I may have moved on, but my heart will forever be scarred and your family will always remain as my 2nd and most dearest family. I dont speak/email with them often, but they (and you) are never far from my heart.. I hope you know that.

Til we meet again,
xoxo ~ Kim

Kim C.

December 19, 2007

I'm writing this from Heaven
where I dwell with God above
where there's no tears
or sadness it
is just eternal love

Please do not be unhappy
just because I'm out of sight
remember that I'm with you
every morning, noon and night

That day I had to leave you
when my life on Earth was through
God picked me up and hugged me
and He said I welcome you
It's good to have you back again
you were missed while you were gone
as for your dearest family & friends
they'll be here later on

I need you here so badly
as part of My big plan
there's so much that we have to do
to help our mortal man

Then God gave me a list of things
He wished for me to do
and foremost on that list of mine
is to watch and care for all of you

And I will be beside you
every day and week and year
and when you're sad
I'm standing there
to wipe away the tear
And when you lie in bed at night
the days chores put to flight
God and I are closest to you
in the middle of the night

When you think of my life on Earth
and all those loving years
because you're only human
they are bound to bring you tears
But do not be afraid to cry
it does relieve the pain
remember there would be no flowers
unless there was some rain

I wish that I could tell you
of all that God has planned
but if I were to tell you
you wouldn't understand

But one thing is for certain
though my life on Earth is no more
I am closer to you now
than I ever was before

And to my Dearest friends
trust God knows what is best
I'm still not far away from you
I'm just beyond the crest

There are rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb
but together we can do it
taking one day at a time

It was always my philosophy
and I'd like it for you too
that as you give unto the World
so the World will give to you

If you can help somebody
who is in sorrow or in pain
then you can say to God at night
my day was not in vain

And now I am contented
that my life it was worthwhile
knowing as I passed along the way
I made some people smile

So if you meet somebody
who is down and feeling low
just lend a hand to pick them up
as on your way you go

When you are walking
down the street
and you've got me on your mind
I'm walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind

And when you feel the gentle breeze
or the wind upon your face
that's me giving you a great big hug
or just a soft embrace

And when it's time for you to go
from that body to be free
remember you're not alone
you are coming to join me

And I will always love you
from the Heavens up above
and until we are reunited
go and spread our Father’s Love

When I received this, I knew it was from you...
Time it does go by, but the love forever stays...
I love you and miss you my dear friend....

Kimberly Rastelli
Dear Friend

December 19, 2007

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

December 19, 2007

You are rememberd today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 10, 2007

i have read these reflections several times which were left for tpr. ambrose. there is nothing that can be taken away from them other than his entire family was proud to have him and misses him alot, and he was liked by everyone that knew him. as a life long resident of the state of new york, i salute you trooper.

pennsylvania state police

November 14, 2007

I can't stand drunks and their manipulative ways. You were a rocker and not a rapper. So lets Shout Shout Shout Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue)

Kevin Kelly

November 4, 2007

Survivor weekend just passed and it made me realize that no matter how much we try to heal and how much we talk about you...things will never be the same. I still ask the question..why? It hurts so much not having you in my life. You are irreplaceable and unforgetable...and my children...their children...and their children's children and so on will know about you and keep your memory and spirit alive forever. I know that the flickering of my light is you and I feel you around me all of the time. It gives me hope that you are in an amazing place that I know I will meet you in some day. I love you forever and you will always be my big teddy bear. I miss you my Angel..I know you will always watch over us.


October 28, 2007

Did you like the blue roses? I thought of you when I saw them and had to bring you some. You are with me all the time, I see things and remember things about you in everything I do and anywhere I go.You know you are in my mind and always living in my heart, everyday, forever.
Still sleeping with your pillow, yes, still...
10/14/00-would give anything to hear you tell our story to me again. Love you Rob.


October 27, 2007


Ive seen fire and Ive seen rain
Ive seen sunny days that I thought would never end
Ive seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that Id see you again

Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows itll turn your head around
We spent hours of time on the telephone line and talked about things To come
Sweet dreams like flying machines fell to pieces on the ground

Oh, Ive seen fire and Ive seen rain
Ive seen sunny days that I thought would never end
Ive seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that Id see you again...

~Always in my thoughts & Forever in my heart
I Miss you and love you beyond words

Kimberly Rastelli
Dear Friend

September 27, 2007

I keep hearing this song and think of you...I miss you terribly...I'd give anything to have you here with us! I love you always & forever Bobby, my angel!

"Who Knew"

"You took my hand

You showed me how

You promised me you'd be around

Uh huh

That's right

I took your words

And I believed

In everything

You said to me

Yeah huh

That's right

If someone said three years from now

You'd be long gone

I'd stand up and punch them out

Cause they're all wrong

I know better

Cause you said forever

And ever

Who knew

Remember when we were such fools

And so convinced and just too cool

Oh no

No no

I wish I could touch you again

I wish I could still call you friend

I'd give anything

When someone said count your blessings now

'fore they're long gone

I guess I just didn't know how

I was all wrong

They knew better

Still you said forever

And ever

Who knew

Yeah yeah

I'll keep you locked in my head

Until we meet again

Until we

Until we meet again

And I won't forget you my friend

What happened

If someone said three years from now

You'd be long gone

I'd stand up and punch them out

Cause they're all wrong and

That last kiss

I'll cherish

Until we meet again

And time makes

It harder

I wish I could remember

But I keep

Your memory

You visit me in my sleep

My darling

Who knew

My darling

My darling

Who knew

My darling

I miss you

My darling

Who knew

Who knew."


July 20, 2007

Hey brother, Where has the time gone and I wish you were here to share it with me. I miss you and that big smile that made even the most salty guy smile too. Hope you are up there having fun with all the boys that made the difference in this world that misses men like you.



May 11, 2007


It's been along time since i last saw you but you will always be remembered as a good friend and a great team mate.I will always be greatful for the time we spent on the football field.I wish your family peace and strengh today and always
With much respect
Joe Dwyer
Floral Park Football


May 9, 2007

"I miss you lots"


May 5, 2007

I've tried many times to leave a message here. Couldn't get the words right.

I remember...

... when you were born. I wanted a nephew badly. I remember walking home from school in 4th grade and yelling to my mother from half a block away "Is it a boy?" and she yelled YES! I was so happy to have a nephew.

... holding you in my arms in the back of your mother's Plymouth Fury. You were a baby, maybe 6 months old. Back then there were no baby seat laws. I sang to you while you slept.

... when you bit a dog. You were maybe 3 years old. I thought to myself - what a tough kid.

... when you were hanging out with Pop in front of my house in Islip with that kids hat on.

... when we watched David Letterman together one night. You were 7, maybe 8. You thought it was so cool to be up late watching with me. We laughed a lot and many years later we talked and laughed about that night.

... when you fell through the pool liner at my parent's house. I still laugh at that one.

... when you grew to be taller than me.

... when you first started working out.

... when you starting going out with girls. We frequently talked about girls after that. We talked about things you didn't tell anybody else but your friends. It was an honor to be one of the people you confided in.

... when you first started playing football. You got bigger and tougher every year after that.

... going to a lot of your football games. I remember one game at Hofstra, you had 3 consecutive tackles.

... watching the Mike Tyson - Buster Douglas fight with you and Dan at my apartment. Great night.

... you knocked that guy out in college. You were sticking up for your friend.

... how happy you were when you bought the Laser from me.

... how hard you worked at the Trooper academy and how happy you were when you graduated.

... how much we laughed when you told me the "destroying the wild turkey" story. I miss that laugh.

... how you always said yes when I needed help moving. I could always count on you.

... all the times we went to the shooting range. We would fire hundreds of rounds.

... the last time I saw you. Thanksgiving 2002.

I'll never understand why you were taken from us. There were so many more things left to do, so many more good times.

You will always be remembered and honored.

Uncle Dave

Uncle Dave

May 3, 2007

Happy Birthday!
Looking through your pictures makes me want to meet you in person. Being with Christina for 4 years now, I hear more stories about you each and every year. I only wish I could of met Christina earlier. I know a picture tells a thousand words, and looking at each picture of you with your family makes me upset that I could not be in the pictures with you. I only hope I am making you proud and I promise that I will take care of Christina for the rest of my life. And one day I will met you. Hopefully that time is not close to come, but if it is I hope I can shake your hand. And to tell you what an honor it is. I will see you my friend. God Bless You.


May 2, 2007

Happy Birthday! Thinking of you always!

De corde totaliter et ex mente tota, Sum presentialiter absens in remota! 12/19
~your bell


April 30, 2007

Happy Birthday in Heaven Bobby....I wish you were here...I miss you more than words can say. Heroes live on'll forever be my angel. I know your doing your job in heaven taking care of all those who die too young just like you. Please continue to watch over our family and give us strength. I think about you every day and can still hear your loud laugh and see your amazing smile. I see you in the mirror every day and feel you around me every night before I go to sleep. I know you're all around me. I'm not scared anymore to be alone because I know I'm never really're always with me. I hope I make you proud. I couldn't be more proud to be your sister. Happy birthday you old man! Love you xoxoxo


April 30, 2007



April 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Bobby.
We miss you.
Uncle Dan

April 29, 2007

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