I will eventually write out the event as Eva told me on Friday, but I am having a hard time with it. Just want to make sure I tell it in the right way. It’s much harder than I thought. Eve wants the facts out for those that knew and loved Joel, but I am feeling very insecure about writing it. So in the meantime… you can read another update from the AJC. ~hi-dAnother update from the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Body of Missing Newnan Man Found
JACKSON, WY — Lincoln County Wyoming Sheriff’s deputies confirm the body of 46-year-old Joel Fegarido of Newnan was found Friday about 4 miles downstream from where he was swept away last week.
Fegarido dove into the Snake River Canyon to save his 10 year old son Joey. He was able to get Joey onto a rock where he was rescued by kayakers, but Fegarido was unable to get out of the river and was swept away. Search and rescue teams in Wyoming’s Lincoln County recovered the body about 1:00 p.m. local time Friday.
Johnson said several people on boats followed Fegarido after he fell into the water and tried to catch up with him but were
Rob Wilkinson, Fegarido’s brother-in-law, said family members in Newnan were contacted by search and rescue team members at about 3PM Friday about Joel’s recovery.
“The family wishes to thank all the people who assisted in the search and recovery and the countless number of friends, family and co-workers who have offered us tremendous help and support during this most tragic time in our lives,” Wilkinson said.
A fund has been established for the continued education of Joel’s children. Fegarido and his wife Eva have two children, Joey, age 10 and Jaime, age 7. Interested parties can contact any branch of the Delta Community Credit Union and ask for the Joel Fegarido Honorary Fund.
In an earlier e-mail, Fegarido’s wife Eva told 11 Alive News “I want your viewers to know what a selfless person my husband was and what a hero he has always been to our family. Joey was also very obedient and brave and his dad would be very proud of him.”