5 years later, Westfield police officers remembering fallen comrade

Officer Jose Torres died in accident on July 26, 2012

Westfield Police adorned a police vehicle with blue-and-black banners and an “In Memorium” flag to pay respects to fallen Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres. Torres died on July 26, 2012, and yesterday was the anniversary of that fateful day. Torres died after being struck by a truck while working an off-duty traffic detail at a construction site on Pontoosic Road. (The Westfield News)

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was five years ago this week that Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres was accidentally killed in the line of duty.

The 53 year-old officer was a 27-year veteran on the force. He died on July 26, 2012, when he was struck by a dump truck.

Westfield Police Capt. Michael McCabe told 22News about the pain of losing his fellow officer.

“There’s not a person in the department that didn’t love him. He was a great guy. He didn’t have an enemy in the world; he was a super, super guy,” McCabe said.

“Many of us traveled, obviously, to the gravesite. We have a memorial out in front for him; a cruiser draped in mourning.”

Following his death, tributes to the memory of Officer Jose Torres included the construction of a playground in his honor in Westfield’s Whitney Park neighborhood.