Police officer drowns in bid to save tragic teenager

The incident took place at Green Hill Park, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Police officer drowns in bid to save tragic teenager

A US police officer has drowned while attempting to rescue a teenage boy who also died in the water.

Police in Worcester, Massachusetts, received several calls reporting a person possibly drowning in a pond in Green Hill Park on Friday afternoon.

Police said 38-year-old Enmanuel “Manny” Familia, a five-year veteran of the Worcester Police Department, was one of five officers who entered the water.

Police officers listen to a speech
Worcester Police Officers listen as Chief Steven M Sargent speaks following the death of Worcester Police Officer Enmanuel Familia (Worcester Telegram & Gazette/AP)

Divers located Officer Familia at 2.28pm. He was brought to shore, where emergency medical workers began lifesaving protocols. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

At 3.25pm, a 14-year-old boy was located by divers and rushed to hospital, where he was also pronounced dead. Police did not identify the teenager.

Officer Familia leaves behind a wife and two children as well as his parents, police said.

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