Memorial for fallen trooper unveiled

(07/18/03) WHITE PLAINS - New York State troopers gathered Friday to unveil a memorial to the fallen officer who was killed when his Ford Crown Victoria patrol car exploded in a car crash.

Trooper Robert Ambrose was killed on December 19 while he was on a routine traffic stop. Ambrose was helping a motorist and when he went back into his car, a drunk driver smashed into the rear of the patrol car. The car exploded into flames killing Ambrose and two others.

His fellow officers dedicated a plaque in his honor that will forever sit inside the Haverstraw State Police Barracks. Ambrose's parents say they are touched and that their son would have been proud.

Ambrose's death prompted Ford to retrofit all 900 state police cars with a safety shield and protective trunk lining to protect against explosions. Despite the fixes, some still question whether the cars should be on the road at all.

The Ambrose family has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Ford Motor Company.

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