STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A community in the Poconos is paying respects to a police officer who touched so many lives.
A viewing is being held until 8 p.m. for Stroud Area Regional Police Office Ruben Torres, who died Monday after a battle with cancer.
The 49-year-old being remembered as a compassionate, caring officer and a true family man.
"A beautiful man who's respected by the community, by his family," said relative Jay Sanchez.
"He's an all around nice guy, all around loved person," said Stroud Area Regional Police Chief William Parrish.
Officer Torres served 25 years in law enforcement. Those who knew him say he was passionate about work and family. He was married with 11 children, some adopted and some with special needs.
Chief Parrish said, "Police work was his profession and his love but his 11 children in there, through birth or through adoption, that he's also made a career out of."
"Just want to thank the community for all their support, the prayers that came before, during and after for the family, for his beautiful wife and those 11 children," said Sanchez.
The viewing is until 8 p.m. Wednesday and visitation will be held again 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday with the service immediately following at Clark Funeral Home in Stroudsburg.
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