City honors officer who died trying to save drowning boy
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The death of a Massachusetts police officer who drowned while trying rescue a teenager from a pond is a powerful lesson in self-sacrifice, the priest who presided over the funeral Mass said.
Worcester Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia died Friday trying to save 14-year-old Troy Love, who was visiting from Virginia. He also died.
The Rev. Diego Buritica said inside a packed St. John’s Catholic church on Thursday that Familia didn’t think about the consequences of jumping into the water, he just did it.
His obituary says that Familia was a member of the department’s tactical patrol force and crisis intervention team, and had been training to join the SWAT Team.
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