BOSTON (CBS) – The state retirement board will meet Thursday, but they will not be the group that will consider a petition that would help support the family of Worcester Police Officer Manny Familia, who drowned on the job.
Officer Familia died earlier this month while trying to save a teenager at a lake in Worcester. Both Familia and 14-year-old Troy Love died.READ MORE: 7-Month-Old With Rare Genetic Condition Sent Home From Hospital For The First Time Since Being Born
Current state law does not consider drowning as a line of duty death. That means Officer Familia’s family would not qualify to receive his full pension.READ MORE: Market Basket Worker Hoping To Spread Kindness Helps Veteran Pay For Groceries
The Worcester City Council approved a petition earlier this month to give Officer Familia’s pension to his family.MORE NEWS: Keller @ Large: Some Republicans Ramp Up Appeals To Get Vaccinated, But Not So Much In Massachusetts
A spokesman for the state retirement board said the issue of Officer Familia’s pension will be up to the Worcester Retirement Board. It is not clear when that decision will come.