Gov. Baker orders flags at half-staff in honor of fallen officers, police depts. send condolences


BOSTON (WWLP) – In honor of the two first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty Friday, Governor Charlie Baker ordered all U.S. and Commonwealth flags at state buildings be flown at half-staff until further notice. 

Worcester Police officer Enmanuel Familia, 38, died after drowning in a pond in Worcester while trying to rescue a 14-year-old boy from a pond. 

The teen was also pronounced dead at the hospital after divers recovered his body in the water. 

Gov. Baker said, “Officer Familia is a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice while attempting to save the young man.”

Also on Friday, two Braintree Police officers were shot multiple times and a K9 was killed in the gunfire. Both officers had surgery Friday afternoon and are expected to survive their injuries. 

Police departments across the Commonwealth, including Massachusetts State Police, Chicopee, Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, Deerfield, and Amherst, offered their condolences to both police departments who suffered great losses Friday.

Their messages are below:

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