SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose 's life was tragically cut short when he was killed in the line of duty, one year ago. On Tuesday, the community will honor this fallen hero's memory.
At 7:45 A.M., two police officers will man a post in front of the Springfield Police Headquarters, next to the monument for fallen officers. That is the time Officer Ambrose would have begun his shift.
A 24-hour vigil will continue through Tuesday outside police headquarters at 130 Pearl Street. The public is invited to stop by and pay their respects.
Residents are also encouraged to put a blue light or ribbon in front of their home. Springfield Police say these symbolic gestures will show public support to all police officers in the in the city, "...on the anniversary of their fallen brother".
Officer Ambrose was shot and killed while responding to a call about a restraining order on June 4th, 2012, at the Lawton Arms apartments, which is located in the Sixteen Acres neighborhood. He was trying to save a young woman and her child.
That woman, Charlene Mitchell , survived, but with serious injuries. Her child was unharmed. Police say the shooter, Mitchell's estranged boyfriend Shawn Bryan , committed suicide following the incident.
Ambrose was a 36-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department, and was nearing retirement shortly before his tragic death.