Deceased man's identity confirmed

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A man discovered unconscious at Strawberry Park Hot Springs on Saturday has been identified as 31-year-old Zachary Fields of Lakewood.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg confirmed Field's identity Monday.

Fields was found unconscious and not breathing in the upper pool of the hot springs at at about 5 p.m. on Saturday.

He was taken by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center and then flown to the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. He arrived in Denver at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and was unconscious but still alive at that time.

He was pronounced dead at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Fields' body is being held for autopsy by the Jefferson County coroner's office. The cause of death has not been established.

The pool where the man was found averaged a temperature of 105 degrees, the temperature of most hot tubs. When he was discovered at the scene, Fields was kept alive by several people who were certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation until the ambulance arrived. Five people took turns administering CPR to Fields.

They were able to get his heart going again, but he never regained consciousness.

It was unclear how long the man had been unconscious before he was found. His body was still warm because of the water.

Hot springs staff found the man's wallet and keys to his silver Durango. They looked for people who could identify the man, but apparently he had come to the hot springs by himself.

When a friend, Kim Rinne, heard of Field's death, she said, "He was a kind man and an awesome father. He adored his wife and his family."

Fields worked as a Red Bull distributor and was the father of two young daughters.

"It just makes me realize that you should never miss a chance to talk to someone because you never know when you are going to talk to someone for the last time," she said.

The incident is under investigation by the Routt County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Troy McDaniel, the lead investigator, could not be reached for comment.

-- To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com

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