June 4, 2021

Police Officer Drowns Trying To Save Teen In Pond – CBS Boston

Police Officer Drowns Trying To Save Teen In Pond – CBS Boston

WORCESTER (CBS) – A Worcester Police officer and a 14-year-old boy drowned in Green Hill Pond on Friday afternoon. The police officer, 38-year-old Enmanuel “Manny” Familia, was attempting to save the boy.

Police responded to the pond after 911 callers reported three children struggling in the water. Five officers immediately jumped into the pond.

“Two kids were in the water trying to hold onto each other in the water when I got here, screaming that they couldn’t swim and that there was somebody else under,” witness Sheryl Lamonda told WBZ.

Worcester Police Officer Enmanuel Familia (Image credit Worcester PD)

One officer came out of the water with two kids he had rescued. They were transported to the hospital.

Lamonda said another officer was in the water and people on shore were directing him to where the missing boy was. “He just went right under,” Lamonda said.

A dive team pulled Officer Familia from the pond and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The search continued for the missing teen for hours until a dive team finally recovered his body. He has not been identified.

Familia was a five-year veteran of the Worcester Police Department. “The Worcester Police Department has lost a brother, friend and a partner,” Worcester Chief Of Police Steven M. Sargent said. “The City of Worcester has lost a hero.”

Officer Familia leaves behind his wife Jennifer and two children, a son and a daughter.

“We will remember and honor his selfless devotion to Worcester and his ultimate sacrifice to save someone he didn’t know,” Sargent said.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker called it a devastating loss and said his thoughts and prayers are with the two families.

“Officer Familia is a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice while attempting to save the young man,” Baker tweeted. “We are thinking of all those grieving tonight, and of Manny’s brothers and sisters at the Worcester Police Department.”

2021-06-04 18:39:18

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