SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The Springfield Police Department Medal of Honor ceremony was held at Central High School Thursday evening and hundreds of people witnessed the event.
The ceremony publicly marked acts of heroism.
Fallen Officer Kevin Ambrose was one of six in the department to receive the award. His family attended the ceremony and accepted it on his behalf.
“It’s a huge honor for my Dad to be receiving this along with the other officers that are receiving the Medal of Honor,” said Kyle Ambrose.
The Medal of Honor was also presented to Lt. Alberto Ayala, Officer Raul Gonzalez, Officer Marcus Starks, and Trooper Stephen Gregorczyck. All four are being recognized for the April 30, 2011 arrest of Tamik Kirkland. During the incident both Gonzalez and Gregorczyck were shot.
“Makes me feel good that I was able to do something for someone else,” said Officer Marcus Starks.
“It’s an honor to be here to be honored the same time as Kevin Ambrose and his family,” said Officer Paul Gonzalez.
In a surprise move Springfield Police Commissioner, William Fitchet also received a Medal of Honor for his role in the Ludlow standoff in July.
“We have had some tradget this year. The city has gone through some rough times and the police, fire, ems and mayors office, everyone has answered the bell and I’m proud of that,” said Commissioner Fitchet.
Those who attended the ceremony included police officers from across Massachusetts, the State Police, District Attorney Mark Mastroianni, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, friends and family of all the Medal of Honor recipients and local residents.