SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It really is expected to be a "sea of blue" in Springfield's Sixteen Acres neighborhood Friday, as anywhere from 8,000-10,000 police officers from across the state will be at St. Catherine of Siena Church starting at 8:00 A.M.
As soon as the funeral Mass for fallen Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose begins at 11:00 A.M., those officers will march to the Hillcrest Park Cemetery, about a quarter mile from the church on Parker Street.
The funeral service will take about an hour. When it's over, Officer Ambrose's brothers in blue from the Springfield Police Department will march alongside his casket. During the march, only one police cruiser will be part of the contingent---the car of Officer Ambrose, which will be driven by his close friend, Officer Kevin Burnham.
The burial will end with a graveside service, followed by bagpipes a 21 gun salute, TAPS, and the sounding of Officer Ambrose police siren.
Every Springfield Police Officer will also take off their white gloves and place them on the casket of their hero brother.
After the burial, many of those officers will be heading into Court Square for a reception. That reception will not be open to the public.