June 13, 2021

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Witnesses say Worcester police officer and teen he was trying to rescue disappeared under water at Green Hill – MassLive.com

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Update: The Worcester police officer who died Friday trying to save teens from drowning has been identified.

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Dozens of first responders converged on the pond at Green Hill Park in Worcester after witnesses said a teenaged boy and a police officer went under the water.

Two witnesses, Megan Lamonda and Ayeh Tanteh told MassLive that at around 1:35 p.m. they heard cries for help in the pond at Green Hill Park. Tanteh said she called 911 telling authorities they needed to arrive as soon as possible.

Lamonda and Tanteh said three boys were in the water struggling to stay above the water when four police officers ran into the pond. The witnesses said three officers and two boys emerged from the water, while another officer and a boy remained under.

Lamonda and Tanteh said after a lengthy amount of time, it appeared the police officer was taken out of the water, but a blanket was covering him. Tears filled their eyes as they recounted the story.

“He was a hero,” Lomonda said.

At around 3:30 p.m. a second body was pulled from the water, which appeared to be the teen.

Sources told MassLive the police officer was rushed to UMass Memorial and was under the water for at least 20 to 30 minutes. The officer’s condition is unknown but sources and witnesses told MassLive he was under the water for a lengthy amount of time.

Divers continued to search through the water in the early afternoon as dozens of people gathered around the area in silence.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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