WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The death of a Massachusetts police officer who drowned while trying rescue a teenager who had fallen into 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.
Familia leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Jennifer, and two children, 17-year-old Jayla and 13-year-old Jovan.