New England News
6:09 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Fallen Police Officers Honored At Ceremony

The  25th annual memorial service for western Massachusetts law enforcement officers was held on Wednesday in Springfield.

An annual ceremony by the Western Mass. Chiefs of Police Assoc. honors fallen police officers. There is a memorial at Springfield Technical Community College
Credit WAMC

   The solemn service honored 47 people who lost their lives in the last hundred  plus years  while protecting the public safety in western Massachusetts. Four names were  added  to the end of watch roll call this year. Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres died last July after he was struck by a truck while directing traffic. His widow and son Jay were at the ceremony

   Also honored this year, Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, who was shot and killed last June after responding to a domestic disturbance, and Holyoke Police Officers James Reynolds and David Zolendziewski. Their deaths were tied to on-the-job injuries they’d sustained years ago. There’s a permanent memorial to the fallen officers on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College.