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Grieving father pushes legislation

Wants swimmers to have life jackets

Derek Frechette walked along the Sturbridge Recreation Camp on Cedar Lake, near the spot where his son Christian drowned. Derek Frechette walked along the Sturbridge Recreation Camp on Cedar Lake, near the spot where his son Christian drowned. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
By Peter Schworm
Globe Staff / November 14, 2011

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STURBRIDGE - When Derek Frechette took his two young boys to a town recreation program four summers ago, he made sure to bring their life jackets, which they had worn whenever they went swimming. But as he was leaving, he recalled, a staff member told him children were not allowed to swim in life jackets at the lake. It’s a claim the town disputes. But whatever the reason: 4-year-old Christian Frechette was not wearing a life jacket when he entered the water.

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