WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Worcester Police Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia was laid to rest Thursday. Familia died last Friday while attempting to save the life of a drowning teenager in Worcester’s Green Hill Park.
A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s Catholic Church on Temple Street in Worcester, but before that, there was a procession from the funeral home. When that procession reached Lincoln Square, Familia’s body was moved from the hearse to a horse-drawn carriage by members of the Worcester Police Department.
“He was a very good man, a very family young man, and he was everything that we lost in this tragedy in Worcester,” said family friend George Cortez. “We are in the same pain not only as close members of the family but as the community entirely.”
Known as Manny, Officer Familia, only 38-years-old, died June 4th while attempting to rescue a young boy from drowning in a pond. He had served as a police officer in Worcester for the past five years and was training to be a part of the SWAT team.
“Both of our parents are officers at Worcester PD and we just really wanted to come out and support the family and the community,” said Allie Johnson of Worcester.
Those that knew him say he was active in this community, a loving coaching basketball as well as watching his son play.
“A member of the Hispanic community, a member of the police department in Worcester, a hero,” said Cortez.
Hundreds of officers marched in the procession to the church through Worcester with the family, officers say this is the most unfortunate part of the job.