Officer Dies Attempting to Save 14-Year-Old from Drowning

Officer Manny Familia. Screenshot via YouTube.
Screenshot via YouTube

A Worcester, Massachusetts, police officer died Friday while attempting to save a 14-year-old boy from drowning in a city pond.

NBC News reports that officers arrived at the pond just after 1:30 p.m. and were able to rescue two of three would-be drowning victims.

An hour into the rescue effort they realized their fellow officer, Manny Familia, was missing. His body was soon found by divers, along with the body of the 14-year-old whom he was trying to save.

Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty commented, “This is the type of person that Manny was, someone who’d lay down his life for someone else’s child.”

CBS Boston notes that Familia “was a five-year veteran of department.”

Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent said, “The Worcester Police Department has lost a brother, friend and a partner. The City of Worcester has lost a hero.”

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