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22-year-old who died after falling through ice on Durfee Lake called a hero for saving his friend

Damion Moog's fiancé says he didn't have enough energy to get himself out of the water after helping one of his friends get out.

LENAWEE COUNTY, Mich. — A 22-year-old man is dead after he and three others fell through the ice on Durfee Lake in western Lenawee County on Friday evening.

The Lenawee County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Damion Moog, originally from Hudson, Michigan.

According to the sheriff's office, the group walked onto the ice around 7 p.m. to check if it was safe for ice fishing the next day.

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Damion's fiancé Nartasia Taylor and his family spoke to WTOL 11 about the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Nartasia, who goes by Tasia, says Damion died saving his friend.

She says the group had been scouting the area for a place to ice fish, when they came across an ice fishing hole carved out by another person.

The hole was covered by snow and all four fell into the water.

According to Damion's family, two of them were able to get out on their own, and Damion, still in the water, helped push a third friend out.

Tasia says after Damion helped get his friend out of the water, he didn't have enough energy to get himself out.

The air temperature at the time was around 32 degrees but the water would have felt much colder, according to First Alert Meteorologist John Burchfield. 

After a lengthy search, first responders found Moog dead just before 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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Taylor says the couple had a long history in the area where Moog died.

It's where they'd go to escape, she says, and where Moog proposed to her.

The two were planning a wedding for late November 2021. Moog's family and fiancé are currently planning his funeral.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses. You can donate at this link.

Durfee Lake is about halfway between Morenci and Hudson in Medina Township.

Credit: Nartasia Taylor
Damion Moog died after falling through the ice on Durfee Lake in Lenawee County