Law enforcement in Springfield are honoring the anniversary of the death of one of their own.
Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose was killed back on June 4, 2012, while responding to a domestic disturbance.
There is no formal event scheduled for Monday, according to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Springfield Police, but officers will mark the day at the memorial monument outside police headquarters on Pearl Street.
"June 4th marks six years since the date of our tragic loss and the heroic sacrifice of Officer Kevin Ambrose. In accordance with the wishes of the family of Officer Ambrose, the date will be commemorated by the placing of a marked cruiser with blue lights activated. There will be a moment of radio silence and reflection of Kevin's heroism and his family's loss. Please keep Kevin, his family and his extended police family in your prayers." Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri said in a statement.
In remembering Ambrose six years later, Springfield Police said that it is a reminder that there is no such thing as a routine call for police officers.
Sarno released a statement on the anniversary, saying in part: "We must never forget and always remember Officer Ambrose's heroic efforts to save a young mother and her child. He made the ultimate sacrifice in order to secure their lives this is what our police officers do day in and day out without any fanfare...I ask those who are able, as I will do, to please stop by this Memorial Monument to pay their respects to a fallen hero. May God rest Kevin's soul and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and May God protect our men and women in blue."
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