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Officer Dies While Trying To Save Drowning Boys

Worcester, MA – A Worcester police officer drowned on Friday afternoon after he jumped into a pond to save three boys who were drowning.

Witnesses Megan Lamonda and Ayeh Tanteh said the incident began at about 1:35 p.m. on June 4 when they heard three kids screaming for help from the pond at Green Hill Park, Mass Live reported.

Tanteh called 911 and told dispatchers that that help was needed immediately.

Lamonda and Tanteh stayed at the pond and watched as police arrived on the scene, Mass Live reported.

“Two kids were in the water trying to hold onto each other in the water when I got here, screaming that they couldn’t swim and that there was somebody else under,” another witness told WBZ.

Lamonda and Tanteh said four officers quickly arrived on the scene and raced into the pond to rescue the boys.

A few minutes later, three of the officers emerged from the water with just two of the boys, Mass Live reported.

Witnesses said that it was 20 to 30 minutes before rescuers pulled the fourth Worcester police officer out of the pond and covered him with a blanket.

“He was a hero,” Lamonda told Mass Live.

Sources said the drowned officer was rushed to University of Massachusetts Memorial where he was pronounced dead.

Divers pulled the missing boy from the water at about 3:30 p.m., Mass Live reported.

A crowd remained by the pond as divers continued to search the water.

Officials have not yet released the identity of the hero who drowned.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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