SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A close look at a NASCAR race car and a rare photo opportunity for men's best friends with the Springfield Police K-9 Unit.
Saturday morning Springfield Police held a fundraising event in honor of Kevin Ambrose and Jose Torres, two western Massachusetts police officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2012.
The money raised will go toward a special ceremony that will be held in September.
September 21st, hundreds of New England police officers and firefighters will ride their bikes from Springfield to Boston. At the end of the ride, the names of officers Kevin Ambrose and Jose Torres will be added to the Law Enforcement Memorial that honors all fallen officers.
Peter Milet of Ware told 22News “These people are putting their lives on the line everyday trying to keep us safe, so anything that we can do to come out and support them, I'm there definitely.”
Family members of Alain Bereaugard and Michael Schiavina, two Springfield police officers who were shot and killed in 1985, were there as well, remembering their loved ones and showing support for all law enforcement officials.
Michael Schiavina’s sister Maura said “It helps us to know that people still care about my brother. It's not like "That was 27 years ago, get over it." Jose Torres' family and Kevin's family are at that stage where they need people's support.”
Alain Beauregard’s widow Doris Bearegard-Shcrallah told 22News “Sometimes they don't get the respect that they deserve, and it's important. It's a way of saying "They are out here for us," you know. And I think we need to do that. Public needs to have more respect.