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West Allis musician drowns in Wind Lake

West Allis musician drowns in Wind Lake

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jul 9, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 10, 2012

WIND LAKE- TODAY'S TMJ4 has confirmed that 57-year-old Dennis Flemion, a West Allis native and drummer for the Milwaukee band the Frogs, drowned in Wind Lake.

Racine County rescue crews located his body Tuesday between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in water 42 feet deep -- ending a four-day search.

Rescue crews used high-tech sonar equipment to find Flemion after he went swimming and disappeared over the weekend.

According to a press release, Flemion went missing after jumping off a boat and failed to resurface on Saturday.

The search ended on the same day authorities released 9-1-1 calls from his family.

Caller 1: "I said, 'Dennis! Take a life preserver.' and he goes, 'no, no. I'm okay.' I said, 'no, no. Get a life preserver.' and then he goes, 'no, no. I'm fine.'"

The dispatcher scrambled first responders.

Fighting to speak over screams, a relative explains what happened.

Caller 2: "He said he was struggling, so we tried to get closer to him. We threw him the life preserver. He went down."

Dennis Flemion was a local musician who has worked with some of the biggest names in music in the 80s and 90s.

Wild costumes and even wilder lyrics: It's made Dennis Flemion and his brother Jimmy stand out -- enough to catch the attention of the Smashing Pumpkins.
 
The brothers's band, the Frogs, opened for the likes of the Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam in the early 90s and Dennis Flemion occasionally filled in with those bands.