The first responders in Massachusetts paid tribute to a Worcester police officer who died while trying to save a boy who drowned in Green Hill Lake. Police, firefighters and emergency medical professionals working in Worcester and surrounding communities lined the streets as Officer Emmanuel “Manny’s” family was transported from UMass Memorial Medical Center to the office of the chief medical expert in Westfield on Saturday morning. Black oats now adorn Worcester Police Department and the Family Cruiser. Flowers were also left on the officer’s cruiser. “He was a funny guy, but a serious guy when it came to kids and school and stuff,”
The first responders in Massachusetts paid tribute to a Worcester police officer who died while trying to save a boy drowned in Green Hill Lake.
Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians working in Worcester and surrounding communities lined the streets, while the body of Officer Emanuel “Manny” Family was transported from UMass Memorial Medical Center to the Office of the Chief Medical Expert in Westfield. Saturday morning.
Black oats now adorn Worcester Police Department and the Family Cruiser. Flowers were also left on the officer’s cruiser.
“He was a fun guy, but serious when it came to kids and school and stuff like that,” said the family’s cousin, Nazir Jones. “He was a hero.”
Totally strangers also showed up to pay tribute to Familia when his body was taken to the chief medical expert’s office.
“They put their lives in danger every day and it is very important that they are recognized for what they do,” said Daniel Harmon, who attended the march. “This man here, you know, he gave his life trying to save a life.”
“I think it’s just important for them to go out and be here and pay their respects and just learn what can happen and what the situation is,” said Sarah Croft, the wife of a police officer who brought their children to the march. .
The family was one of several officers who responded to Green Hill Lake, next to Green Hill Golf Course, around 1:35 p.m. on Friday in response to a distressed swimmer’s alert.
Worcester Police Chief Stephen Sargent said responding police saw several people in the water and spotted a man fighting near the middle of the lake. Five police officers entered the water and managed to pull two people to safety, but Sargent said police soon learned that the Family had not reappeared.
The family was discovered by divers shortly before 2:30 p.m. On Friday and later pronounced dead. The five-year veteran of the department is 38 years old and survived by his wife, two children and his parents.
“The Worcester Police Department has lost a brother, a friend and a partner,” Sargent told the Family. “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 did not know.”
The family began their careers as police officers at Quinsigamond Community College in 2013, before moving to Clark University Police Department and then Worcester Police Department. In 2002, he was also a QCC student.
“Officer Familia has died a hero and may he rest in peace,” a statement from Queensigmond Municipal College said. “Please join us to express the caring thoughts and condolences of Officer Familia’s family, friends and colleagues, as he works closely with many of our university police officers.”
Around 3:25 p.m., divers also found the body of a 14-year-old boy in the water. The unidentified child also died.
“Two families are experiencing unimaginable pain and loss as a result of a devastating tragedy in Worcester, with Worcester police officer Manny’s family and a teenager losing their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of both,” the governor of Massachusetts said. Charlie Baker tweeted.
“Officer Familia is a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to save the young man,” Baker added. “We think of all the mourners tonight and Manny’s brothers and sisters from Worcester Police Department.”
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Baker ordered the flags to be flown at half-staff until further notice in honor of the Family and the Braintree K-9 Police Department, who was killed in an ambush that injured two officers.
A diver was also transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.