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All flags on Boston Police Facilities will be lowered to half staff effective immediately until further notice in honor and remembrance of Worcester Police Officer Emmanuel "Manny" Familia who died yesterday rescuing some youths who were in distress in the water.  

Also yesterday, Braintree Police Officers were ambushed while responding to a domestic violence call.  Two Braintree Police Officers were shot in the line of duty, and K-9 Kitt was tragically killed in the line of duty during this incident.

The thoughts and prayers of the Boston Police Department are with the Worcester Police Department, with Officer Familia's loved ones, colleagues and friends and with the family and friends of the 14 year old youth who tragically died in Worcester.

The Department sends its prayers to the Braintree Police Department for the full recovery of the Officers shot in the line of duty, and our deepest condolences on the loss of their beloved K-9 Kitt.

We are honored by their bravery and sacrifice in the performance of their duties serving their Departments and the Worcester and Braintree communities.  The Boston Police Department and its members stand ready to offer any support to both the Worcester and Braintree Police Departments during this difficult time.