WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A tragic day in Westfield as a police officer dies in an accident at a construction site.
It’s definitely been a difficult day here at the Westfield Police Department.
Black bunting hangs over the door for the officer who was killed – Jose Torres.
He spent almost three decades coming to work a job a fellow officer said he loved to do.
“Officer Jose Torres was a decorated, 27 year veteran of the Westfield Police Department,” says Westfield Police Capt. Hipolito Nunez.
“He was always happy go lucky. His best friend was his family and his children. He was dedicated to them and loved them dearly. He loved coming to work. He loved being a police officer. He loved helping people and truly, that was his passion,” Nunez adds.
Officer Jose Torres was working an early morning construction detail at a site on Pontoosic Road.
Revoli Construction was putting in new water lines.
Just before 7:30 a.m., police say one of the dump trucks hit Torres.
He was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he died around 10 a.m.
Other details of the accident are being investigated by Westfield and Mass. State Police.
Both had reconstruction teams on scene shortly after the accident.
Torres leaves behind a wife and two sons and countless friends.
Nunez not only delivered news about a fellow officer. It was also about a man he’s know since childhood.
“Here at the police department, he will be missed dearly. As a personal friend, I will miss him forever,” says Nunez.
Funeral arrangements haven’t been finalized yet. The police department expects to release them soon.