The San Mateo Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. Officer Ashley Torres died on Saturday due to complications from her battle with cancer, the department reported Monday in a tribute on social media. She was 27 years old.
Torres had battled the disease “with tremendous bravery, courage, and strength,” the Police Department said.
While her time with SMPD was tragically cut short, her impact was felt in a big way.
“She quickly impacted the department with her relentless work ethic, enthusiasm, and her constant willingness to help others,” her colleagues said, adding that Torres had earned a Best Arrest award as well as “the friendship and respect of her colleagues.”
Torres began her career track in public safety as a Union City Police Explorer and Community Service Officer, where she excelled and earned a certificate of commendation from the California Highway Patrol and a certificate of recognition in leadership, police officials said.
“Officer Ashley Torres was an amazing person, outstanding police officer, dedicated daughter, loving granddaughter, and loyal friend who will be dearly missed by all who were lucky enough to know her,” stated SMPD.
Photo courtesy of the San Mateo Police Department