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Large Turn Out for Race to Support Fallen Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres

raceWESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — More than  2,500 people turned out for Westfield’s Flat Fast 5k Run and Walk today… honoring fallen Westfield police officer Jose Torres.

The Flat Fast 5k Run & Walk stretched from Westfield State University down to Court Street.

The run saw people from as far as Colorado and New York compete for a $5,000 prize.

But this year, the  walk was to remember Westfield police officer Jose Torres…who was killed while working a construction detail in July.

Those who knew him were amazed at the turnout. “Torres grew up, I known him since I was a little boy, so we’re like family, and as soon as I heard about the walk of course I would be here,” said Olga Gonzalez of Westfield.

“Jose was loved by everyone in the community and this was a great show of support for his family,” agreed fellow Westfield police officer Paul Pellan.

Those who didn’t know officer Torres were still touched by his passing.

“Any officer is killed in the line of duty, it takes a lot out of you. When something like that happens it just affects everybody. It’s a sad thing,” said Fran Matys, a retired Connecticut police officer.

“It helps us be more united after the tragedy, and it helps bring awareness to all the police officers, what they do for everyone,” said Meagn Iilnicky, a race volunteer.

Proving that after a loss… the race is an example of just how a community can pull together.

Proceeds from today’s walk will benefit the officer Jose Torres Memorial Fund.

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