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Officials identify swimmer recovered from Chicopee River

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Crews were seen on the Chicopee River on Sunday (Western Mass News photo) Crews were seen on the Chicopee River on Sunday (Western Mass News photo)

A Springfield woman is sharing her heart-wrenching experience when her fiance, a father of two daughters, lost his life while swimming in the Chicopee River over the weekend.

Jamie Lopez, or Jay as his friends called him, went for a swim in the Indian Leap section of Springfield. 

When Lopez tried to swim across the river, he got tired and the current became too much.

His fiance, Adrianna Arroyo, tried to help him.

"When I noticed the current was dragging him, I jumped in myself and tried three different ways to pull him in and I almost drowned myself trying to pull him in," said Arroyo.

A kind stranger pulled Arroyo out of the water and tried to grab Lopez, but it was too much.  He went under, prompting a two day search for his body. 

Lopez was recovered Monday just before noon by Springfield and State Police dive teams, assisted by Ludlow and Springfield fire departments.

His friends and family are devastated.

"He has two kids, one who looks just like him.  He made everybody's day," Arroyo added.

In order to help offset the costs of an unexpected funeral, they have set up a GoFundMe to help pay for his funeral.

Friends have set up a makeshift memorial in Forest Park, where Lopez loved to hang out, reading 'Rest in Peace.'

Arroyo wants Lopez to be remembered for his kind personality.

"He made everybody laugh and that's what I want people to remember about him," Arroyo said.

For more information on the GoFundMe page, you can CLICK HERE.

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