Worcester Police Complete Relay to DC in Memory of Officer Familia, Fallen Officers

More than a dozen Worcester police officers completed a relay race that led them to Washington, DC early Thursday. The effort is part of a larger run that recognizes fallen officers across the country. The officers left Worcester on Monday and made the 425-mile trek to the National Law Enforcement Memorial, where Officer Manny Familia’s name was recently added, arriving at 5:45 a.m. Familia lost his life trying to save a drowning teenager on June 4. 2021. “With every step, they honored their fallen brother Enmanuel ‘Manny’ Familia. Their journey came to an end when they found Manny’s name, which had recently been added to the Memorial among all law enforcement officers who lost their lives in line of duty,” the department posted on Facebook. Family’s son Jovan served as the ceremonial frontrunner. A baton bearing his father’s name and badge was exchanged between the teams as far as the Capitol. When not running, the officers stayed in mobile homes Law enforcement agencies from across the country will gather in Washington DC this week to honor their fallen colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice.”Every day, our agents commemorate the service and sacrifice of Agent Familia. We will continue to keep Officer Familia’s legacy alive and he will never be forgotten. Thank you to our group of 20 officers who led this relay race to DC with honor and respect. You have made our city and department proud,” the department said.

More than a dozen Worcester police officers completed a relay race that led them to Washington, DC early Thursday. The effort is part of a larger run that recognizes fallen officers across the country.

The officers left Worcester on Monday and made the 425-mile trek to the National Law Enforcement Memorial, where Officer Manny Familia’s name was recently added, arriving at 5:45 a.m.

Familia lost his life trying to save a drowning teenager on June 4, 2021.

“With every step, they honored their fallen brother Enmanuel ‘Manny’ Familia. Their journey came to an end when they found Manny’s name, which had recently been added to the Memorial among all law enforcement officers who lost their lives in their work,” writes the section on Facebook.

Familia’s son Jovan served as the ceremonial head runner. A baton bearing his father’s name and badge was exchanged between the teams as far as the Capitol.

When they weren’t running, the officers stayed in mobile homes.

Law enforcement agencies from across the country will gather in Washington DC this week to honor their fallen colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Every day our officers commemorate the service and sacrifice of Officer Familia. We will continue to keep the legacy of Officer Familia alive and he will never be forgotten. Thank you to our group of 20 officers who led this relay race to DC with honor and respect You have made our city and department proud,” the department said.

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