‘Manny Tubes’ Donates to Police Department in Honor of Officer Familia of Worcester, Massachusetts

A rescue tool was donated Friday to the Salem Police Department in honor of a Worcester, Mass., police officer who drowned trying to save a teenager last year. Officer Manny Familia, 38, drowned on June 4, 2021, while trying to rescue 14-year-old Troy Love. “Manny and I were lifeguards as teenagers, and we were always in the water. He was a really good swimmer,” said his brother, Elvin Familia. The family does not want the officer’s sacrifice to be forgotten. “He would do anything anyone in need would want,” said the officer’s niece, Alani Familia. The family donated “Manny Tubes” – life-saving flotation devices – to officers in Salem, which is a community with a wide waterfront coastline. “It’s definitely going to save someone’s life. You never know when it’s going to happen that you’re going to have to go into the water to pick someone up, and that’s definitely going to help,” said Police Sgt. Salem. Eric Gagnon. Gagnon designed and sold patches and raised over $1,000 for the Manny 267 Foundation. Sutton and Auburn Police Departments also received Manny Tubes. o “Our goal is that Every Massachusetts Police Department will be equipped with a Manny Tube starting this summer,” Elvin Familia said. “We have a lot of help. We have community support, and that’s important.” For more information on the Manny 267 Foundation, click here.

A rescue tool was donated Friday to the Salem Police Department in honor of a Worcester, Mass., police officer who drowned while trying to save a teenager last year.

Officer Manny Familia, 38, drowned on June 4, 2021, while trying to save 14-year-old Troy Love.

“Manny and I were lifeguards as teenagers and we were always in the water. He was a very good swimmer,” said his brother, Elvin Familia.

The family does not want the officer’s sacrifice to be forgotten.

“He would do anything anyone in need would want,” said the officer’s niece, Alani Familia.

The family donated “Manny Tubes” – life-saving flotation devices – to officers in Salem, which is a community with a wide coastline right on the water.

“It’s definitely going to save someone’s life. You never know when it’s going to happen that you’re going to have to go into the water to pick someone up, and it’s definitely going to help,” said Police Sgt. Salem. says Eric Gagnon.

Gagnon designed and sold crests and raised over $1,000 for the Manny 267 Foundation.

Sutton and Auburn Police Departments also received Manny Tubes. oh

“Our goal is to have every police department in Massachusetts equipped with a Manny Tube starting this summer,” Elvin Familia said. “We have a lot of help. We have the support of the community, and that’s important.”

For more information on the Manny 267 Foundation, click here.

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