"They'd been swimming that area the last couple of days and they thought they had control and I believe they thought they had knowledge that they had it under control," Chris Moran said.
Conservation officers said recent floodwaters made the area around the dam a drowning pool. McLevish and 16-year-old Michael Chadbourne nearly drowned were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Officials confirmed Monday that Chadbourne later died from his injuries.
Witnesses told Moran's family that he died trying to save his friend.
"He saw Jason pushing Sarah up in the water and when they grabbed Sarah, the current grabbed Jason and that's the last they saw of him," Chris Moran said.
A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Community High School gym. Calling hours were scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and last until the start service.
Moran's funeral service will be held June 12 and will be a private service for family members only.