Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Kevin E. Ambrose

Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, June 4, 2012

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Reflections for Police Officer Kevin E. Ambrose

Brother, has it truly been 7 years? You gave your life for another and it was all over the news, but it's hard to think it was that long ago. You have been an inspiration and from what I've read, many cops want to be like you on so many levels. From what I've read, they are correct. You were/are and inspiration.

Officer Ambrose, you are a shining beacon, a Cops Cop and you have not, nor will you ever be forgotten. God Bless and I pray for your continued Rest, in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

June 4, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 17, 2018

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

June 5, 2017

Your reflections speak for them selves that you were a true class act. My brother, continue to rest in peace and watch over your loved ones.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

June 4, 2017

Kevin was my friend and co-worker for thirty years.I knew him first as a cadet. hard worker,no issues, self depreciating humor. great family:his dad aka Papa Smurff.his brother Marty aka long ball (golf). When i learned of his death i was living with my son Kenneth Busiere,who is an L.A.P.D officer. he was also a cadet on Springfield P.D. and also knew and liked Kevin. As i was recovering from a recent operation and unable to attend Kevin's funeral, my son said i'll go and represent us. As he was the only L.A.P.D. officer in attendance, The classy Boston P.D. adopted him into their ranks and placed him at the head od their procession. I cannot thank them enough. My son had to catch a plane the next morning to return for his shift, so was unable to see much of the family. He did this all on his own, and i'am so proud of him. i was able to get back a year later and went to the Ambose home and spent the afternoon with Marty and Papa talking and laughing about Kevin.who's courage that day was beyound a doubt. So thinking of you often kev. love buz

Ret. officer Kenneth W. Busiere
Springfield Mass. Police Dept. 1973-2002

August 29, 2015

Kevin was my friend.. we enjoyed each others company. I knew his family and mostly his dad (papa goose or papa smurff). his brother is also a friend. Upon learning of his death, i was at a loss for words.I wanted to go to his funeral,but a recent operation made that impossible. My son kenneth busiere a L.A P.D. officer said he would be proud to go in my place. He attended the service, and as he was alone with no other dept member,the classy Boston PD. put him at the front of the contingent. Approx. one year later i was home and called upon his surviving father and brother,and spent a enjoyable afternoon telling kevin stories and enjoying each others company. Kevin was a very good cop,friend and a very funny guy. self depreceating humorist.Great family man. his courage was self evident on the day he died. our thirty year friendship is one i cherish. I will always miss you buddy. buzz

Ret. officer Kenneth W. Busiere
Springfield Mass. Police Dept. 1973-2002

August 28, 2015

4 June 2012 Springfield Police lost a Fallen Brother in the
Name of Kevin E. Ambrose. Kevin was the Most Respected and Dedicated Officer in Memory. We worked together when
Kevin was a Police Cadet. Just as when I was new, My partner helped me, I told Kevin things, that only can be learned on the streets. Kevin not only listened but asked
questions. I was impressed. We only worked together
occasionally over his second year. We would meet at different Police functions and would catch up. When I heard of his death, I couldn't believe it and two, my thought were of his Family. To honor Kevin I took My Gold Badge given to me by the late Spfld. Chief of Police Ernest Stelzer for a '77Hostage/Standoff in Winchester Sq. on Gunn Sq. where my partner and I were never recognized for. It took an hour for myself and my partner Officer Troy to end the ordeal in 1977 the only radio was in the crusier once you left the car no radio, Officer Troy and I handled the call alone. The Gold Badge was awarded years 10yrs later. The day of Kevins wake I took the badge and had a black strip with Kevins number 7 showing gold in the field of black. When I entered the funeral home parking lot I saw one of the Deputy Chiefs and I told him I had something for him. I said "I'm surrendering my Gold Badge to Kevin along with my Law Enforcement Order of the Purple Heart Medal." On the purple bunting I affixed a small gold V for Valor. It was my way to Honor my Friend and
Fallen Brother Officer Kevin E. Ambrose.
In Honor of Kevin, NBC local TV station covered the entire
funeral. The march from Funeral Home to the Church with over 400 Springfield Police Officers four abreast. On arriving at the church they were met by Over 5,000 Officers
standing at attention and saluting as the hearst carring Kevins body passed by. The entire church service and the burial was covered. A short time later every employe of the department received a DVD of the entire day
To Kevins credit one Officer Ken Busiere of the Los Angeles
CA Police Dept. came and when asked why he said "Because I just had to." The Church could accomidate
only the entire compliment of Springfield Officers so the Boston Police placed LAPD Officer Busiere infront of their contingent. Boston a real class act. As well as NBC's
President Bill Pepin.

Officer Robert P. Sakowski
Springfield Police Disabledwhen Ret. 3/3/78

August 4, 2015

I am so sorry for this, for you, for your family and for your friends.

Melanie Rowley
Have friends who are LEO's.

June 6, 2015

We Were Cops by Richard J. May

We watch them passing silently and mostly all alone
The long blue line of heroes past, the bravest ever known
One by one, they slip from us to join a growing throng
Their stories differ, still they’re heard as one familiar song

Once a youngster with a dream, they joined and proudly served
Protecting every citizen, from meek to undeserved
Fearlessly they faced their tasks and suffered untold pain
That streets and playgrounds, homes and parks remained a safe terrain

Knowing they’d be criticized and often second-guessed
Their every move thus scrutinized, they did their very best
They looked after one another and silently stood tall
Never knowing if that day would be their last roll call

Facing odds against survival, pitfalls at every turn
Cheerfully and loyally each day they would return
Most times their jobs were thankless and strained their every nerve
But standing firm together, they would protect and serve

So proud to have been one of them, these finest in the land
And knowing that there’ll come a day we form a final band
To plead our case for just rewards to Heaven’s highest court
And answer simply, “We were cops,” when asked for our report

Retired Officer Richard J. May
Akron (Ohio) Police Department

June 4, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 4, 2015

I never had the pleasure to meet Officer Ambrose, but i knew of him through my sisters fiance.
I just want to say that I was deeply saddened when i first heard of this news. I am currently a Criminal Justice student in California and wanted to take the time to remember those who served my home city. I would like to dedicate this quarter of my college career, the last before i graduate, to Officer Ambrose and all of those in law enforcement for the city of Springfield.

Rest in Peace, Kevin Ambrose. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service.

Miranda Bower

February 4, 2015

Never met Kevin, but we had a mutual friend.

I was able to meet his family and several colleagues here in DC back in May 2013. Classy people.

Rest in peace, Kevin.

Job well done.

Gary Powers

January 21, 2015

R.I.P. Kevin you were and still are a class act.

Aaron O. Butler
Springfield, Ma Police

October 23, 2014

R.I.P brother. I was an honor to have known you!

Police Officer
Springfield, Ma

September 17, 2014

As a former Springfield resident, I can honestly say that the job of the Springfield police is not an easy one. Here we have a man who died trying to protect an innocent civilian, and that I feel says a lot about this officer. He has demonstrated courage and selflessness. Rest in peace Officer Ambrose and may the officers of the Springfield Police Department stay safe during their watch.

Luke Rebelo
Massachusetts Department of Correction

July 30, 2014

As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace my Brother.

To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

January 1, 2013

Thank you for your service and helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 5, 2012

You begin with the wind


September 18, 2012

Thank you for keeping my many friends in Springfield safe. Officers like you are why we sleep soundly at night, knowing you are out there, keeping us safe, at any cost, even the ultimate sacrifice. It is with a heavy heart I read about what happened to end your watch. My prayers to those who knew you and to your family. You may be gone, but with all the good you did for all of those you protected over the years, Officer Ambrose you will NEVER be forgotten. Rest in peace and thank you again.

Grateful Citizen from Enfield, CT

July 30, 2012

Rest in peace my brother...

Patrolman C. Grantham
Shelby County Sheriff's Office

July 28, 2012

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such incidents. May family & friends feel the presence of the "God of All Comfort" as they endure the distressing days ahead. I join them in their agonizing grief & remember them in my prayers.

Another senseless tragedy
Another day of grief,
Another day of praying
To help us find relief.

Relief from bitter anguish
Relief from rage so great,
Relief from lenient justice
Which continues to seal our fate.

Relief from heartache’s torment
As we continue on,
Oh, the awesome loss of brotherhood
Now that you are gone.

Though our hearts are deeply broken
And our tears forever flow,
There’s a comforting assurance
That now with God you go.

We know that you are welcome
Now at Heaven’s gate,
While meeting brothers & sisters
Who also met such fate.

The family of Law Enforcement
Knows no distance here or there,
And we recall in comfort
You await us there.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

July 17, 2012

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

July 9, 2012

Officer Ambrose,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Springfield. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

July 9, 2012

My condolences. May you and your family be eternally blessed.

Ms Patricia J Ross
Officer's Mom

July 2, 2012

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both his family and his police family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Ret., Cincinnati P.D.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

June 27, 2012

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