Springfield police holding 24-hour vigil in memory of Officer Kevin Ambrose

Officer Ambrose was killed while trying to protect a woman and her child

Photo: Ashley Afonso

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A solemn day for the Springfield Police department as they remember one of their own. Five years ago, Springfield police officer Kevin Ambrose was killed in the line of duty while responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at the Lawton Arms Apartments.

Springfield Police are honoring their fallen brother’s memory by holding a 24 hour vigil outside their station, and by never leaving the department’s fallen officer’s memorial unguarded.

One by one, people gathered at the fallen officer’s memorial to pay their respects to a fallen hero.

Michael Ermold of South Hadley told 22News, “You know, it really shows that they love this city, if they’re willing to risk their lives every day to come out here and keep us safe.”

Ambrose saved the woman and her child, before the boyfriend turned the gun on him, killing Ambrose and later taking his own life. Five years later, the Ambrose family and his brothers in blue remember him fondly.

Karen Levesque described Ambrose, saying, “A family man, a fun man. If you had the worst day in the world, he would make you laugh.”

With the flag at half-staff, Ambrose’s badge, sat in the window of a marked cruiser with flashing blue lights. Two of Springfield’s finest paid their respects and guarded the fallen officer’s memorial, the same way they would on patrol.

In Ambrose’s family, they bleed blue, as law enforcement runs in the family.

Officer Kevin Ambrose’s sister, Karen Levesque, told 22News that the outpouring of support from the Springfield Police Department has been overwhelming, even after five years. She said, “It’s nerve wracking. You just pray to God that they come home every night, all of them. It’s in their blood. I really believe that they have to go for their calling.”

Officer Kevin Ambrose leaves behind a two children, a daughter and a son who is a Connecticut State trooper.