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Worcester Police Officer Drowns While Trying to Save Teen

Worcester Police Officer Drowns While Trying to Save Teen

Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia

Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia

Worcester Police Department Press Release

Statement on the Drownings at Green Hill Park

On June 4, 2021, Chief Steven M. Sargent and the Worcester Police Department announced the line of duty death of an officer along with the drowning of a 14-year-old male.

At approximately 1:35 p.m. dispatch received several calls for a report of a person possibly drowning in the pond at Green Hill Park. Worcester Police officers and members of the Worcester Fire Department arrived on the scene. Upon arrival, officers observed several people in the water. Officers saw a male toward the center of the body of water reaching an arm up and struggling.

Five officers entered the water in an attempt to locate and rescue the victim and to secure the other individuals who were also in the water. During this rescue attempt, two individuals were brought to shore. At this time, officers on the scene were notified that one officer was missing. There were now two victims.

At approximately 2:28 p.m. divers located the officer and brought him to shore. The officer was identified as 38-year-old Enmanuel Familia. UMass EMS immediately initiated life-saving protocols and transported the officer to the hospital. Officer Familia later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Divers located the body of the 14-year-old male at approximately 3:25 p.m. The male was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity is not being released at this time.

The other officers that were in the water were transported to the hospital for evaluation. A total of seven divers were involved in the search and recovery.

One diver was also transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia was a five-year veteran of the Worcester Police Department. Officer Familia leaves behind his wife Jennifer, his daughter Jayla, son Jovan and his parents.

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