By Ananda Evans –
First, all of us at Crime Trackers Massachusetts are deeply saddened by the loss of Worcester Police Officer, Enmanuel “Manny” Familia. At Crime Trackers Massachusetts, much of our work involves interacting with police officers out on the street, at calls. Manny was one of many of those officers that we have had the honor of knowing.
Officer Familia, along with other officers of the Worcester Police Department on Friday afternoon responded to Green Hill Park for a report of children in the water and struggling.
Officer Familia and other responding officers, did what they were trained to do, they did what no other person would do and that was to jump into the water and attempt to rescue these children in the water.
One officer was able to rescue two of the kids and they were transported to an area hospital. Unfortunately, officer Familia and a 14-year-old teenager did not make it. They were recovered at approximately 3:25 p.m. from the water by a dive team and officer Familia was pronounced dead at UMass hospital, University Campus.
Officer Familia leaves behind his wife Jennifer and two children, a son and a daughter. Jennifer gave Manny so much strength. And she gave Manny to all of us. Manny was a gift to the world. Muchísimas gracias, Jennifer.
Officer Familia did not die in vain and his actions epitomized why many people choose to become police officers. Every Massachusetts cop is a regular person who believes in the possibility of making this a safer state. It’s why they do what they do. It’s why they run toward when others run away. It is why every day they bravely put on that uniform with courage and dedication, as officer Familia showed us all today.
We would also like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the teenager who also died today. We know that this is also a difficult time for you as well.