By Tiffany Williams –
On Sunday afternoon, it was a beautiful day, for baseball but also a day at Polar Park to remember a Worcester Police Officer who paid the ultimate sacrifice attempting save the life of a teen struggling in the pond at Green Hill Park.
That teens body and the body of the officer, were rescued by divers. Both were taken to an area hospital but both were pronounced deceased.
The teenager who is 14, has been identified by his family as Troy Love from Virginia. Love was in Worcester on vacation.
The officer has been identified as Enmanuel Familia, 38 and was with the Worcester Police Department since 2016.
On Sunday, at Polar Park the Worcester Red Sox remembered Officer Familia and welcomed his family to the ballpark. His family gathered at the pitcher’s mound where Officer Familia’s son threw out the first pitch and was embraced by players from the Red Sox. Before throwing out that first pitch, Officer Familia’s son wrote his father’s badge number in the dirt.
The Worcester Police Department released a statement on Sunday saying that they continue to mourn the loss of Officer Enmanuel Familia.
Worcester Police also said that Officer Familia has been received by Mercadante Funeral at 370 Plantation Street but calling hours will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church located at 44 Temple Street on Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church and burial will immediately follow the funeral where Officer Familia will be laid to rest at St. John’s Cemetery on Cambridge Street.
PHOTO CREDIT: Kate Foultz – WooSox Team Photographer