Longest-serving Springfield patrolman retiring

Began with department back in 1971

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s senior patrolman, Kevin Burnham, retired Friday.

The 43 year veteran policeman began wearing a badge back in July, 1971. As Officer Burnham was honored during a retirement party Friday morning, he thought of his longtime close friendship with officer Kevin Ambrose, who was killed in the line of duty on June 4, 2012. Burnham told 22News, that was the saddest day of his life.

“It was the low of all points. It was him, Ricky Tozzoni, Pat Turner; guys I worked in cruisers with passed away early, and those are the times you don’t like,” Burnham said. “But the majority of time here, the good times; it’s fun, they’re great people.”

Following a long-standing tradition, Burnham gave the senior officer badge to the new senior officer: Detective Ruben Borrero. In 1977, he became Springfield’s first police officer of Hispanic origin.

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