SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It seemed to be an endless stream of blue, as Springfield police officers marched side by side into St. Catherine of Siena Church to honor their brother.
They joined with Kevin Ambrose’s family and friends to remember him as a man who lived each day to the fullest. A man who devoted himself to his family and to the people who call Springfield home.
The funeral Mass was presided over by Bishop Timothy McDonnell and celebrated by Kevin’s pastor at St Cecilia’s Parish in Wilbraham.
Father Joseph Soranno said little did Kevin and his family know how their lives would change when he left for work June 4th. He said, “A routine call of domestic violence in the city, an officer on duty quickly responded and then, suddenly and without human comprehension, the situation exploded out of control. Kevin’s attempt to save a woman’s life and in carrying out his duties as a Springfield police officer, his life was taken from him and his family. Every one of us and certainly every police officer knows how fragile life is. Each moment, each day us a precious gift from God.”
William Fitchet served with Kevin Ambrose on the street and as his commissioner, he assured Kevin’s family that their son, husband, father and grandfather will never be forgotten. “I want you to know that when the police officers stand their roll call tonight and every night, Kevin will be standing the roll call with them. He is part of us.”
Kevin Ambrose’s former partner and now retired police officer Ray Muise remembered back to 1985, when they saw two of their fellow officers, Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina killed in the line of duty. Muise said, “”After that we spoke about what I call, the what if’s. What if it was one of us, what if the worst case scenario played out. We talked about it, but we never believed that it could possibly happen to one of us. You see, we in our minds, we were invincible.”
Ray Muise concluded, “I ask you now, please never forget my friend, my brother officer Kevin Ambrose. Keep him in your hearts forever. And I know he would have wanted me to say this, to all our our officers out there, please stay safe my brothers and sisters.”
And he ended his tribute with a salute to his friend and colleague.