WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Calling hours were held for Worcester Police Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia, who died last week while in the line of duty.
The 38-year-old officer died on Friday while trying to rescue a drowning teenage boy in a pond. Both Familia and 14-year-old Troy Love died in the incident at Green Hill Park.
Familia’s wake was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday night at St. John’s Catholic Church in Worcester where a funeral Mass will be held on Thursday.
“The Worcester Police Department has lost a brother, friend, and a partner,” Worcester Police Chief Steven Sargent said on Friday during a news conference. “The city of Worcester has lost a hero. We will remember and honor his selfless devotion to Worcester, and his ultimate sacrifice to save someone he didn’t know.”
Familia was a five-year veteran of the police department with a wife and two children.
Members of the Springfield Police Department, Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, along with the Chicopee and West Springfield Police Departments will attend the funeral on Thursday.
“Officer Familia made the ultimate sacrifice rescuing others in the community he served. To honor his memory and to pay our respects, we will be sending a large contingent of officers to Manny’s funeral to now only show our support, but also send our love to his family, friends and colleagues,” said Commissioner Clapprood.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “God Bless Officer Enmanuel Familia and his family. Officer Familia was a brave and dedicated sentinel of peace who gave the ultimate sacrifice while attempting to save a life. This selfless sacrifice will not be forgotten. I want to thank Police Commissioner Clapprood and her team for joining with the other departments from across the Commonwealth to pay their respect and show their support with the Worcester Police Department, the community of the City of Worcester and more importantly for the family of Officer Enmanuel Familia.”