Police Officer Jose Torres
Westfield Police Department, Massachusetts
End of Watch: Thursday, July 26, 2012
Tour of Duty: 27 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: July 26, 2012
Weapon Used: Automobile; Commercial
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief John Camerota
Westfield Police Department
15 Washington Street
Westfield, MA 01085
Phone: (413) 562-5411
Police Officer Jose Torres was struck and killed by a dump truck while directing traffic at a construction site near the intersection of Pontoosic Road and Little River Road at approximately 7:30 am.
He was transported to Baystate Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries approximately two hours later.
Officer Torres had served with the Westfield Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
WESTFIELD — Police officials have identified the city police officer struck and killed while working a construction detail Thursday morning as 27-year-veteran Jose Torres.
He leaves a wife and two children, officials said during a 2 p.m. press conference.
Torres was cited at least twice for heroism during his career with the Police Department. He was recognized for an incident on July 11, 1996 in which he was dispatched to an attempted suicide on Broad Street. Seeing a man on the second-story fire escape with a rope around his neck, Torres ran up the fire escape and grabbed the man, preventing the suicide, according to the police commendation. The man then jumped back through a window and Torres continued to hold on, preventing the man from jumping out another window. In that incident, police said Torres suffered permanent scarring to his face.
Torres also was commended for his actions in deploying a so-called "stinger spike," designed to stop speeding vehicles on Feb. 24, 2000. The commendation cited Torress for having deployed the spike in front of a speeding vehicle "just seconds before contact. "
Torres died as a result injuries sustained, according to Capt. Hippolito Nunez, when he was hit by a dump truck while directing traffic in the vicinity of 44 Pontoosic Road.
The accident happened around 7:30 a.m. The officer was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and police were notified by the hospital about two hours later that the officer had died, Nunez said.
The construction site is part of a West Springfield water line project. West Springfield is in the process of upgrading a water line that begins in Westfield on Shaker Road and Canal Street, according to a project description posted to Westfield’s website.
The contractor is listed as Revoli Construction of North Reading, Mass.
Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the scene Thursday morning.