Discussion in 'Line of Duty Death News' started by PPD54, Jun 4, 2012.
Rest in Peace...You will not be forgotten!
First off, RIP Officer Ambrose.
I've just about bitten my tongue off from biting it.....these so-called "law enforcement experts" need to STFU and not publicly criticize a murdered police officer before he's even laid to rest.
I've lost count of how many Priority-1 calls I've been sent to alone, simply because there was no one available for backup, or they were coming from the other side of the city. In a perfect world, no cop would ever go to a call alone, but this isn't a perfect world, and we can't just wait for backup while someone is possibly being assaulted. Are we supposed to wait outside a house/apartment while we hear a woman being beaten because we're alone? What should we do, call the police?
I promise here and now that if my retirement plan works out and I'm some day in the position where a media outlet wants to call me a "law enforcement expert", I will never publicly criticize a police officer or police department.
Then again, if I do that, then no media outlet would ever designate me a "law enforcement expert".
RIP Officer Ambrose.
Awesome display of respect, they way it should be. I will be attending Friday, hope for a big showing.
I will be there as well, finally found all my dress stuff and it still fits, except for my cover, those things always seem to shrink.
Don't let that video out to the public. I can hear the BS now, "NO WONDER IT TOOK SO LONG FOR THE POLICE TO ANSWER MY CALL, THEY WERE ALL RIDING AROUND PLAYING WITH THEIR DAMN SIRENS!"
I said it before, I'll say it again, RIP, Brother.
For some reason, I can't open the video on my phone. Anyway someone can post it here?
From The Mark E Salomone facebook page:
"To show our support, The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone will make a donation for every new "like" on our Facebook page between now and Monday, June 11th to the Kevin E. Ambrose Memorial Fund."
The wake was very well attended. SPD did an excellent job with planning and honoring the Ambrose family.
Police, public turn out to pay respects to slain Springfield police officer Kevin Ambrose.
Ms. Mitchell and her family seem extremely grateful to Officer Ambrose for his actions that day, but we all know the lawyers are swimming around looking for an opening.
Another one I won't be attending. I kept telling myself I was going to go, but I think deep down I knew I wouldn't make it. I was at the last two in Springfield and figured I should be at this one, but circumstances, time and other commitments have blocked me.
I would say I'll make it to the next one, but since I'm praying there ISN'T a next one...well, I'll leave it at that.
By now anyone going is there, so when you get back if you read this, THANK YOU for being out there and representing the family.
Please excuse my self-indulgent whining for a bit; if you can't, no problem. I’m not sure I would have I not typed this.
I watched the news today and saw all those officers lined up to pay tribute to a true hero and it moved me. In my previous post (above) I mentioned how I had been going back and forth about going out to the funeral, but ended up NOT going. It's a funny feeling. I've been doing this job for over 30 years (starting as an Aux. in 1979) and have attended MANY funerals both in the rank and file and for 13 years as a member of my department's Honor Guard. I rarely missed one. For some time now, I've missed all of them, not by choice as a rule, but usually due to conflicts. As a member of the HG I could always just blow stuff off BECAUSE I was in the HG, but now, it's not something I can just do. Now I have to have the time off, have not made other plans that I can't just get out of, or be smart enough to prepare well enough for two days before hand so I'm ready.
So, what's my point? I’m not sure there IS one. However, knowing what it's like to stand there, amidst the rank and file, with all those people who have traveled so far, just to pay tribute to someone they never met, yet have a connection with, is one of the most moving things a person can do. Regardless of that old "oh, you work THERE?" or "Well, you're not REALLY one of us." mentality, EVERYONE who stands there, no matter who pays them, no matter what their basic function is, no matter what their title, if they wear a badge and step up to the line when called, it's ONE FAMILY. Any and all prejudices are set aside.
I attended both of the last funerals held in Springfield and to be honest, seeing the people from Bay State Medical Center Security was one of the most impressive things to me. They didn't have the "Well, we won't be welcomed because we're SECURITY", they had the, "This is a family thing" attitude. THAT hit me, hard.
Over the years, many campus guys didn't go to funerals because they WERE campus guys, or they didn't carry a gun and felt out of place, but I always encouraged attendance regardless and, no thanks to me, over the years attendance has increased.
I recall being interviewed by one of the local TV stations at the funeral for Paxton Police Chief Mortell and asked why I was there. I said basically what I said above, because no matter what, when something like this happens, we pull together, we're family. It made the broadcast, but I never saved it. What a putz, eh?
So, why am I taking up so many bits of memory here at MassCops? Maybe it's guilt for not being there. Maybe it's trying to show that I've been to MANY funerals and shouldn't feel guilt. Maybe it's just to vent. I don't know. All I do know is, I miss the camaraderie. I miss how we mourn together, then party together in a sort of, I’m not sure how to put it, but, it’s basically like we all know and we all acknowledge that, “there but for the Grace of God, go I” reality and just wonder how long that grace will last; until we’re at a ripe old age? Until retirement? Another year? Next shift? We never know.
Yeah, this has been a long rant and if you got this far, my hat is off to you. Very few funerals are like Police Funerals where no matter how close or far you were from the ‘guest of honor’, you feel like you lost a friend, a brother or sister. The average person doesn’t get that. They don’t understand that gut feeling we all get standing there, the feeling that a member of our own family has left us and yet we’ve all pulled together to console one and other. That feeling that we’re all there, not just for the fallen and his/her family, but for each other. I miss that feeling and yet, here I am at home typing. Maybe next time, though GOD, please do NOT let there be a next time.
I completely understand what you are feeling. I did not make it to the funeral because my client would not reschedule a meeting. Sitting at dinner with my wife last night I was racking my brain trying to figuere out how to make it work and was completely overwhelmed with a feeling of guilt for not going.
While I did not know Officer Ambrose, he (like all of you) are family and only we need to be there for each other. I try to attend as many funerals as I can, both in and out of state, and always feel guilty when I dont go....
Springfield officer laid to rest Kevin Ambrose killed in the line of duty UPDATED 12:58 PM EDT Jun 08, 2012 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Thousands of police officers and firefighters from throughout the Commonwealth and New England paid tribute Friday morning to Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose. Officer Ambrose was shot and killed Monday afternoon as he responded to a domestic disturbance call made by a young woman who feared her boyfriend. Images: Springfield officer laid to rest Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/central-massachusetts/Springfield-officer-laid-to-rest/-/11983998/14742992/-/mcpt5i/-/index.html#ixzz1xFYzb7Vh
Sorry about my earlier post guys. This is what I meant to quote in reference to the firefighter. Tapatalk is all fucked up tonight.
Great turnout. S.P.D. was very appreciative for the show of respect. Many Officers took the time to say thank you, class act. People starting dropping at the cemetary from the heat but were well looked after.
I had Radio Reference Live on when that was done. It was very touching. I've heard other departments do similar things on the radio and it has an amazing impact.
My department would, per order of the chief, ignore the whole thing.
Well Done SPD, well done indeed.
I just wanted to say thanks to the Red Cross for handing out bottled waters. I drank three liters and didn't have to break ranks to take a squirt all day. There was a short time there I thought I was was going down, but sucked it up and pulled it together. Very impressive turnout, although when I got back home I felt like shit from the heat and standing at attention.
Jonny thanks for coming to help us send off our brother.
To the State Police and Boston Police, you guys are the best. You really stepped up and helped. Its amazing to me that when kevin left the hospital for the M.Es office in Boston, the hearse and escort crusiers did not have to stop once the entire trip. I was talking to one of our guys who was in the escort. He tells me that Boston P.D shut down the pike in Boston during rush our to get Kevin back home to Springfield.
And that all the bridges along the pike in Boston were lined with Police Officers standing at attention, rendering a salute as the procession marched westbound. Thats the stuff that makes me proud to be on this job despite any of the bashing that have gone on between any of us on this board or other wise.
The funeral was amazing, I mean the turnout from the variouis P.Ds was spectacular. And State Police did a great job with traffic and assisting all around. After the cerimonies our union had a get together for all the cops who were involved. What a great time it was to be able to bond and talk to cops from all over the place, I even saw some of my brothers from my hometown, Brockton, that was really nice.
I will post some pictures on here so that those of you who were not there can see, I dont know if these pictures are anywhere , a few were taken in the garage before we left the station. Special thanks to WNEU P.D, their honor guard was highly squared away! The colleges also helped, providing free parking and free rooms for out of town Police Officers as well.
Again, thanks to all my brothers and sisters!
A few us just before getting on the bus to go to the funeral.
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