Police run from Massachusetts to DC to honor officer

Massachusetts police officers began a 425-mile (680-kilometer) journey on foot to the nation’s capital to honor an officer who drowned last year while trying to save a teenager.

Massachusetts police officers began a 425-mile (680-kilometer) journey on foot to the nation’s capital to honor an officer who drowned last year while trying to save a teenager.

Officer Enmanuel “Manny” Familia, a five-year veteran of the Worcester Police Department, died trying to rescue a teenager who was drowning in the Green Hill Park pond on June 4, The Telegram reported on Monday & Gazette. The teenager also died.

Twenty officers launched their pilgrimage Monday morning from Green Hill Park, where Familia’s son, Jovan, was given a baton with his father’s name inscribed on it, the police department said in a Facebook post.

Police say Jovan ran to Worcester Police Headquarters to hand over to Chief Steven Sargent. The group of officers will carry the baton to Washington. They plan to finish the race at the National Law Enforcement Memorial where Familia’s name was recently inscribed.

Officers will attend National Police Week events to honor Familia and other officers who have died in the line of duty, police said.

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