Worcester police officers attend Enmanuel Familia’s son’s baseball game to show support

Familia drowned Friday while attempting to rescue a teenage boy.

The City of Worcester Police Headquarters had black cloth on a cruiser and building, and flag at half-staff in honor of officer Enmanuel Familia, who drowned when attempting a rescue. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Worcester police officers attended the baseball game of Enmanuel Familia’s son, Jovan, Sunday morning, as a way to show their support for the family.

Familia, 38, drowned Friday while attempting to rescue a teenage boy, who also drowned at the pond. A five-year veteran of the Worcester Police Department, he was one of five officers who entered the water at Green Hill Park.

Following a rescue attempt, he was brought to shore and later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Worcester honored him during a procession Saturday, and this was simply the latest gesture from the extended community.

According to Josh Brogadir of WCVB, Jovan decided he wanted to play. Those in attendance honored Familia with a moment of silence before the game. Jovan got the start at shortstop, hit second, and drew a walk in his first plate appearance.


His team won the series-clinching playoff game, 6-4, according to Brogadir.

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