WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The procession to the funeral at Westfield State University weaved its way through the streets of downtown.
It traveled by the Westfield Police Station where fellow officers and community members lined the streets to pay their respects.
People saying thanks to Officer Jose Torres who dedicated 27 years of service watching over them and their city.
Police motorcycles from around the region led the funeral procession for fallen officer Jose Torres past the Westfield police station.
Officers saluted and people lined the streets including the Durkee family.
“It’s hard when an officer has children and they’ve been in the community for a long time,” said Tracy Durkee. “So, this is a good chance for the kids to pray their respects and to just kind of show support for what we have in our community. And we really feel deeply for their family.”
In the middle of the procession came the hears carrying Officer Torres.
He was by all means respected by people not because of just his badge but because of how he carried himself while wearing it.
“I worked at Dollar tree in Westfield,” said Matt Kielbania. “…he was one of my regular customers. He was a polite guy, very cautious, always smiling.”
After the funeral, the procession headed to Pine Hill Cemetery in Westfield.
Underneath a flag hung between two Westfield fire trucks, the funeral procession for fallen officer Jose Torres drove into the Pine Hill Cemetery.
Rachelle Murchinson remembers how he was looking around her neighborhood trying to find someone’s dog for them.
Carried by the busload, there were hundreds of officers from departments around the state and region paying their respects.
Cruisers from those departments passed, one after another, all as people reflected.
And then the hearse carrying officer Jose Torres passed under that flag on to his final resting place in the city where he raised a family, the city that he protected.