Springfield cop killed on duty to be honored

Posted: 11/28/12 at 5:05 am EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Springfield police will honor a fallen officer in a ceremony that also will recognize law-enforcement officials who apprehended a prison escapee after a shootout.

Police say the family of late Springfield Officer Kevin Ambrose will accept a medal of honor in his name at Thursday evening's event at Springfield Central High School.

Ambrose died on duty in June while trying to help a woman whose boyfriend had threatened her.

Authorities said the boyfriend, a New York City corrections officer, opened fire and killed Ambrose as the veteran officer tried to protect the woman at her apartment building.

Four other law-enforcement officials also will receive medals of honor for the 2011 incident involving the arrest of the escapee.

Two of them were also shot as authorities traded gunfire with that suspect.

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