In Westfield, Mass., the community is giving back to the family of a fallen law enforcement officer. According to WWLP, fitness instructors held a Zumbathon fitness marathon in memory of Jose Torres, the Westfield officer killed on the job in July. Money raised are destined for Officer Torres' memorial fund account.
Officer Torres was struck and killed by a dumptruck while performing his traffic directing duties on July 26, according to Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). He left behind a wife and two children.
In 2011, 173 law enforcement officers were killed in the U.S. while on duty, up from 171 in 2010 and 139 in 2009. In 2012, already 79 officers have suffered life-ending injuries while on duty, according to statistics collected by ODMP. Their data shows 3,470 law enforcement officers have been killed over the past 20 years while providing for the safety of their communities.