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.

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Worcester Police Officer Manny Familia. (Photo credit: City of Worcester)

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.

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The Worcester City Council approved a petition earlier this month to give Officer Familia’s pension to his family.

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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.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story inaccurately reported that today’s state retirement board hearing would address the pension of fallen Worcester Police Officer Manny Familia. 

CBSBoston.com Staff