WESTFIELD (AP) - Hundreds of people including Gov. Deval Patrick, local officials and fellow law enforcement officers have honored a Westfield police officer who was killed on traffic duty last week.
At his funeral Tuesday at Westfield State University, a colleague said "it was a good day" when he worked with Officer Jose Torres.
Another officer who knew Torres from childhood, Capt. Hipolito Nunez, said his friend "only saw the good in everybody."
Torres' wife, Kara, said in her eulogy he was the perfect husband, father, brother and "took great pride in being a Westfield police officer." She described him as a passionate gardener and Red Sox fan who often bought food for homeless people.
Torres, a 27-year department veteran, was fatally injured when he was struck by a dump truck at a construction site last Thursday.