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City honors officer who died trying to save drowning Virginia boy

Manny Familia
Posted at 11:19 AM, Jun 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-10 11:19:28-04

WORCESTER, Mass. -- The body of a Massachusetts police officer who drowned while trying rescue a teenager who had fallen into a pond was brought to a church for his funeral Mass in a horse-drawn carriage as hundreds of fellow officers looked on.

The funeral of Worcester Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia was being held Thursday at St. John's Catholic church.

The 38-year-old Familia died Friday trying to save 14-year-old Troy Love, who was visiting from Staunton, Virginia. He also died.

Familia leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Jennifer, and two children, 17-year-old Jayla and 13-year-old Jovan.