Elderly Man Dies in Arvada Pond

An 83-year-old man was pulled from the Four Acre Lake in the 5100 block of Everett Street in Arvada just before 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2009. He was pronounced dead at the hospital Wednesday evening.

The Jefferson County Coroner announced the victim as Maximiano Vigil, age 83, of Arvada.

A woman conducting business in the area called 911 at 3:23 p.m. and reported a dog was in the water at the Four Acre Lake just inside Arvada’s city limits. The caller only spotted a large dog; there was no sign a person was in the area.

An Arvada Animal Management Officer with the Arvada Police Department was able to use her catch pole to pull the dog safety. The husky dog was approximately 10-feet from the shoreline.

As the Animal Management Officer officer retrieved the husky dog, Arvada firefighters spotted a baseball cap in the water.

The firefighters immediately jumped into the lake. It was then they pulled the man from the water and began CPR on the gentleman who was unconscious at the time.

Vigil was transported to Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge where he was later pronounced dead.

It is not clear if the dog ran onto the ice and Mr. Vigil tried to rescue the Husky.

The Dive Team from West Metro Fire was called to the scene as a precautionary measure to search the water to ensure there were no other victims. After searching for an hour, the team called off the search.