Worcester Police officer, 14-year-old boy die after drowning during pond rescue

Massachusetts
Photo: NBC Boston

WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – A Worcester police officer died Friday after drowning in a pond while trying to save a 14-year-old boy who also died, officials confirmed.

The Worcester Police Department identified the officer as 38-year-old Enmanuel Familia at a news conference late Friday afternoon. He is a five-year veteran of the department.

Family members identified the 14-year-old boy as Troy Love, according to NBC Boston.

“The Worcester Police Department has lost a brother, friend, and a partner,” Worcester Police Chief Steven Sargent said at the 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.”

Friday night, Governor Charlie Baker ordered all U.S. and Commonwealth flags at state buildings be flown at half-staff until further notice in honor of the five-year veteran.

At 1:35 p.m., police received a 911 call reporting a person drowning in the pond at Green Hill Park in Worcester. Police officers and firefighters responded and noticed several people in the water.

Officers saw an individual struggling in the middle of the pond. Five officers, including Familia, entered the water in an attempt to rescue the person struggling as well as other individuals in the water.

Officers brought two teens to shore and realized Familia was missing. Divers located him at 2:28 p.m. and tried life-saving measures before taking him to the hospital, where he died.

Officer Familia is survived by his parents, wife, and two children.

Divers recovered the body of the 14-year-old boy shortly after. He was also pronounced dead at the hospital.

The other officers who went into the water were taken to the hospital for evaluation. In total, seven divers were involved in the search and recovery of Officer Familia and the teenage boy.

One diver was also transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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