Jason A. Sigelow died attempting to help save Jose Cruz-Gonzalez from drowning, Irondequoit, New York, August 19, 2017. Jose, 9, was swimming with his 10-year-old brother in Lake Ontario when a current carried them into deep, rough water adjacent a jetty, and they called for help. Sigelow, 39, caterer, who was on the beach, entered the water and swam to Jose, grasping him. Jose’s brother swam back to shore. Sigelow and Jose submerged at least once and became separated as Jose floundered and yelled in distress. Observing Jose’s plight from atop the jetty, another man entered the water and swam about 150 feet from the jetty to Jose, where he calmed him and towed him toward the jetty. A woman who arrived in a boat assisted with getting Jose to the jetty. A man who accompanied her recovered Sigelow, who was unconscious, from the water. First responders were unable to revive Sigelow, who had drowned. Jose and his brother were both evaluated at a hospital and released. 89345-10040
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Jason A. Sigelow, 39, of Rochester, N.Y., died on Aug. 19, 2017, in Irondequoit, N.Y.
He was a devoted father to Vincent and Mason Sigelow, who also are sons of Martha Maxwell. Sigelow had a giant and giving heart, and on a daily basis he demonstrated his example of care and concern, friendship, and love to friends and strangers alike. To those who knew and loved him, his final act in life was one of countless illustrations of his wonderful character.
(Edited from an obituary published in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester on Aug. 24, 2017.)