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Springfield Police To Mark 5th Anniversary Of Officer's Death

Springfield Police Dept

This Sunday, June 4th, marks the fifth anniversary of the death of a police officer in the line of duty in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In a tribute to Officer Kevin Ambrose, a 24-hour volunteer honor guard will be posted at the police memorial in front of Springfield Police Headquarters. A police cruiser with Ambrose’s badge number 7 will be parked nearby with its blue lights flashing. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said no other commemoration is planned.

"Out of respect to the family, his widow, they did not want anything formal," explained Sarno.

Police said Ambrose was shot dead while trying to protect a mother and young child from the woman’s estranged boyfriend, a New York City corrections officer, who later took his own life.

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