City honors Catholic police officer who died trying to save drowning boy

City honors Catholic police officer who died trying to save drowning boy

Worcester Police Officers listen as Chief Steven M. Sargent speaks following the death of Worcester Police Officer Enmanuel Familia Friday, June 4, 2021 in Worcester, Mass. A Massachusetts police officer drowned Friday while attempting to rescue a teenage boy, who also drowned at the pond.(Credit: Ric Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP.)

The body of a Massachusetts police officer who drowned while trying rescue a teenager who had fallen into a pond was brought to a church for his funeral Mass on Thursday in a horse-drawn carriage as hundreds of fellow officers looked on.

WORCESTER, Massachusetts — The body of a Massachusetts police officer who drowned while trying rescue a teenager who had fallen into a pond was brought to a church for his funeral Mass on Thursday in a horse-drawn carriage as hundreds of fellow officers looked on.

Worcester Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia, 38, died Friday trying to save 14-year-old Troy Love, who was visiting from Virginia. He also died.

The funeral was being held at St. John’s Catholic Church.

Familia had been with the department for five years after serving as an officer at two local colleges and a smaller suburban department.

He leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Jennifer, and two children, 17-year-old Jayla and 13-year-old Jovan.

Familia was born in La Vega, Dominican Republic, and moved to Worcester as a young boy.

Worcester Police Chief Steven Sargent last week called the loss of Familia “overwhelming.”

Familia was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. He was a member of the department’s tactical patrol force and crisis invention team, and had been training to join the SWAT Team, according to his obituary.

Off-duty, he was on the department’s basketball team and represented the department at charitable events.

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