Kevin E. Ambrose, 55, Badge #7 and 36 year Police Officer for the City of Springfield, died Monday, June 4, 2012 surrounded by his loving family at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. Kevin, a son of Arthur F. Ambrose of Springfield and the late Carlene (Farrows) Ambrose was born in Springfield on June 22, 1956. Raised in Springfield, he graduated from Springfield Technical High School and received his Criminal Justice Degree from Springfield Technical Community College. He started his career with the Springfield Police as a cadet in 1974 and became a police officer in 1976. Kevin worked in squads A, C and B, in the records division, and the traffic and detective bureaus. He received commendations in 1978, 1993, 1999, and 2005. Kevin coached youth soccer, baseball and basketball for many years. He resided in Springfield most of his life and in Wilbraham for the past 24 years and was a communicant of St. Cecilia's Church. Kevin was an avid sports fan, he enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the police golf league and enjoyed watching the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics. Kevin loved to spend time with his family especially his granddaughter, Victoria. In addition to his father Arthur and granddaughter Victoria, Kevin is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carla J. (Cyr) Ambrose; a daughter, Krista M. Ambrose and a son, Kyle B. Ambrose of Wilbraham; a brother, Martin Ambrose and his wife Anne of Wilbraham; two sisters, Donna Sheperd and her husband Richard of Longmeadow and Karen Illig and her fiance Norman Levesque of Springfield; his father and mother-in-law, Ronald and Alice (Leonard) Cyr of Wilbraham; a brother-in-law Bryon Cyr and his wife Eileen of Wilbraham; a sister-in-law, Missy Cyr of Ludlow; three nieces, Julie, Jodi, and Maura; three nephews, Kevin, Sean, and Brenden; and his loyal companion his dog, Zeus.
Officer Ambrose was shot and killed in the line of duty protecting the life a young mother and her 1 yr old daughter on Monday, June 4, 2012. Officer Ambrose became a Police Officer, but he died a Hero and that is how he will always be remembered. The City of Springfield; The Springfield Police Department, and all of the Citizens of Springfield, will always be greatful for the Service that you gave to the City in protecting those who could not protect themselves.