Massachusetts Police Officer Drowns While Trying to Rescue 14-Year-Old Boy Who Also Died

Worcester Police Officer Enmanuel Familia (Image credit Worcester PD)

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.

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.

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