SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield police are asking the public to participate in their 24-hour vigil in memory of fallen officer Kevin Ambrose , who died one year ago on Tuesday.
Two police officers are posted from 7:45 Tuesday morning through 7:45 Wednesday morning at the memorial to fallen Springfield police officers outside the department's Pearl Street headquarters. The time was chosen to signify the starting time of Ambrose's final shift.
Photos: Ambrose remembered 1 year later
Officers saluted as they gathered outside headquarters on Tuesday morning for a memorial roll call in Ambrose's honor.
"One year ago today, at 12:47 P.M. he answered a domestic call on Lawton Street, and lost his life. He died a hero and he saved a young woman and her baby," said Sgt. John Delaney, aide to the Springfield Police Commissioner.
"As time goes by, you put it in the back of your mind, and you try to deal with it as a police officer, but the pain never goes away. It's very hard for me to talk about it, even a year later, after Kevin lost his life."
Delaney says that over the next 24 hours, they want members of the public to come to the memorial to pay tribute, or to show their support by putting out a blue light or a ribbon in front of their homes.