SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Temperatures spiked well above 90 degrees Thursday but many parents were playing it safe when it came to keeping their kids cool.
That's in large part due to all the drownings there have already been this year.
The Chicopee River is quiet just one day after a 10-year-old girl drowned while playing with her siblings Wednesday afternoon.
"I heard someone pounding on my door, screaming, I had no idea what they were screaming," said Springfield's Frank Stefanowich.
Stefanowich was one of the first to look for the child, sadly when the search ended, it was too late, the rescue/dive-team took her lifeless body out of the water. "To not be able to find her is even more stressful, so there's not a lot you can do about it."
Tragedies that parents aren't taking lightly. "I wouldn't take him anywhere in this area that doesn't have a life guard because I would be too scared. There's been too many kids that have drowned. Especially lately," said Springfield's Danavia Hardrick.
Even Springfield's Richard Villanueva skipped fishing Thursday afternoon after he saw how fast the river was moving. "Oh yeah the current can take you all the way down the river and people could drown if you try to get any farther out, even with a boat."
Parents avoided the dangerous water this hot humid 4th of July by hanging by the pool and splash pad at Forest Park. It's a safe solution people wish was more prevalent in the area.
"We need some more places like this, you know where kids can get outside and just run around and have some fun, get wet and be safe," said Springfield's Sherman Pittman.
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