CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The nation's law enforcement community is taking time this week to remember police officers who died in the line of duty.
Two names from western Massachusetts police departments have been added to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.; Westfield Police Jose Torres and Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose.
Officer Jose Torres was a 27-year veteran of the Westfield Police Force.
He was killed in the line of duty when a dump truck backed over him while he worked a construction detail on Pontoosac Road last July 26th.
Torres left behind a wife, two sons and a police department that loved him.
Police departments from across Massachusetts and New England sent contingents to honor their fallen brother in blue.
The 53-year-old Torres was memorialized in Parenzo Hall Auditorium at Westfield State University.
At his memorial service, his wife Kara and fellow officers described Officer Torres as someone who always went above and beyond the call of duty, and someone who could always make you laugh.
His fellow officers, in their dress uniforms, lined the procession route, giving Officer Jose Torres one final salute.