Westfield Police Officer Laid To Rest

WESTFIELD, Mass. (CBS/AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick was among those who attended the funeral of a Westfield police officer killed on traffic duty last week.

The service for Officer Jose Torres was held Tuesday at Westfield State University. Torres was fatally injured when he was struck by a dump truck as he directed traffic at a construction site.

At his wake on Monday, his empty, black-draped No. 21 cruiser was parked outside a Westfield funeral home. Several hundred law enforcement officers attended, along with friends who grew up with Torres or worked with him in the community.

William Wagner told The Republican newspaper of Springfield that he coached youth football with Torres, the father of two sons. Wagner said, “He was just an awesome role model. People loved him.”

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